Bergen Community College’s new president says school can do better

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer. The Record.

Bergen Community College’s new president says she hopes to improve the school’s graduation rate and tackle the persistent achievement gap that has minorities and lower-income students lagging behind their peers.

MARKO GEORGIEV/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER BUY THIS PHOTO B. Kaye Walter, Bergen Community College's new president. Her appointment follows a tumultuous period for the school, which is now facing an accreditation review.
B. Kaye Walter, who heads the state’s largest community college, said the school’s graduation rate – less than 12 percent of students do so within three years – can be boosted to 50 percent.

She also wants to boost state and county funding, which is now below 20 percent of the college’s $130 million budget.