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Time for change on COD board

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Time for change on COD board

Early in the current president's term at the College of DuPage, employees were called upon to embrace change. It is a message that voters in District 502 could do well to remember come Tuesday's election for the board of trustees when two incumbents, David Carlin and Joe Wozniak, are up for re-election.

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For surely it is time for change from confrontation to collaboration, and time to change to making educating students the top priority once again.

The taxpayers have been generous to College of DuPage, passing two referendums worth hundreds of millions in recent years. They did so because they (rightly) believe in the quality of education that COD provides. I suspect they did not expect their tax dollars to be diverted into adventures in fine dining, boutique hotels, water features, sculptures, art collections and so on.

While board chair Carlin has embraced all of these expensive projects, he has also supported a tuition increase every year. While expenditures on landscaping, marketing and branding have grown, spending directly related to education has shrunk. It is time to put the focus back on educating students. It is time for change on the COD board.

Richard Jarman

Professor, Chemistry

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn

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