ECC staff does a great job in face of many challenges
Reading the recent News editorial concerning Erie Community College, I am reminded of a truism credited to the greatest American, President Abraham Lincoln, who said, “better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
The ostensibly damning concept of a 22 percent graduation rate is a statistical mirage, also. Places like ECC are essentially a “port in the storm” for many of our students; somewhere to attend while formulating future plans. A phalanx of certificate programs exist that do not qualify as bona fide “graduations,” but aid the community nonetheless. Young people who may flop in their initial experience at the University at Buffalo, for example, come to ECC to beef up the GPA preparatory to another stab at a four-year school.
Whatever the graduation percentage, it is fatuous to believe The News’ claim that “the college is not fully up to the task of educating those seeking a way to better themselves.” I and hundreds of my passionate, dedicated colleagues, faculty and staff, on all three campuses, would gladly have the editorial board witness our collective performances in the face of innumerable challenges. It is never too late to know the real truth.
Robert J. Caputi, Ph.D.
Professor of History, ECC North