Since I assumed the presidency at the College, we have acted to make critical investments in support of our mission and our students, to fulfill the promise of our values. I intend for us to operate at the highest standards of integrity – because our most important obligation is to our students.
Over the past two years, we have made difficult, unpopular decisions – eliminating distractions that were draining our resources, all while making investments in our future and improving our policies, practices, and systems. We are instilling a culture of accountability and responsiveness at every level of this institution.
Regarding the recent article about Excelsior, I was explaining to staff, in a private meeting, the importance of our ADN admission requirements and why those changes were necessary. Unquestionably, it was the right decision for our students and for the future of the institution. With the benefit of hindsight, the better approach would have been to impose the requirements sooner on a phased-in basis.
-Dr. James Baldwin, President, Excelsior College