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Fredonia State College is involved in the task of making Chautauqua County government more efficient and responsive to residents' needs.

Michael Bobseine, director of the Center for Rural Regional Development and Governance, described the center's activities during a meeting of the College Council on Wednesday.

The center has been active in community summits held throughout the county over the past two years. And this year, the center and the college's department of sociology will survey county residents on how they feel county government is performing, he said.

The center also has been active in other ways to help make government more efficient, Bobseine noted:

It is a partner with the National Labor Management Association in the county's comprehensive partnership program.

It is helping the City of Dunkirk with development activities.

Peter Sinden of the college's sociology department is working on a regional police study.

The center is researching Jamestown Community College charge-backs to communities in the county. Currently, property owners in each town pay an amount formulated on the number of residents attending JCC.

Currently, the center is studing making this a countywide charge, which is done in all other counties of the state.

On another issue, officials announced Fredonia State College has a freshman enrollment of 1,047, with the mean high school average of 88.7, up from 88.2 in 1999. Also, the combined SAT score is 1,116, up from 1,104 in 1999 and 14.9 percent of the freshmen ranked in the upper 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, up from 13.6 percent in 1999.

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