BCC Needs More Time on State Budget

By Dave Sherry

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A community college president says he needs more time to determine whether the state budget released Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will force a change at his school, although he does anticipate some impact.

Broome Community College President Dr. Kevin Drumm says he doesn't yet have specific details on what the plan will mean for higher education. But he supports the governor's focal point for funding education: That it will be based on educator performance.

"Overall I think performance-based funding is a good thing," Drumm said. "And I think Broome Community College is situated well, whether it's based on our generic graduation and completion rates and the success our students enjoy after attending BCC, or if it's based on the job demands out there and who's studying what to move into the jobs that need to be filled."

Drumm said he's pleased that, while New York isn't the first to implement a performance-based system, it's among the country's leaders.

"I think in part because of the chancellor's leadership, she's brought performance-based funding to the state-operated campuses like our big sister across the county here ,Binghamton University."

Drumm participated in a conference call late Wednesday, where he was expected to learn more about the potential impacts the budget proposal would have on BCC.