College president listens to students’ concerns about the school


Sharmarke Holif

Cosumnes River College President Ed Bush hosted an event for students to share their concerns about the school with him. Bush (all the way to the left) talking to students at the event on Wednesday in the Winn Center.

Cosumnes River College President Ed Bush held a hybrid event called “Crucial Conversation” on Wednesday in the Winn Center.

The conversation was focused around students’ ideas on how to improve the school. Students shared their thoughts with Bush on what they thought the school does good, does bad and how the school could be better for the future.

“I think it’s extremely important that anytime we’re discussing what the future of CRC should look like, we have the voice of the students,” Bush said. “I’m excited to get to see the perspectives and input of the students so that we can see what is working for them, what is not working and how they would like to see CRC in the future. How can we provide a better student experience?”

Bush said the conversation was important to him to have and felt it was his responsibility to be there for his students.

“I am here today because I am facilitating a conversation as college president. To me, it’s my responsibility to be able to help shape what type of experience our students have,” Bush said. “So it is critical for me to be here to be able to hear that input directly.”

Bush said there will be more events like this in the future.

“I see this as one of many conversations that we need to have over the course of the next several semesters as we reimagine what type of college we want to be,” Bush said. “Due to all the various kinds of external issues that we have faced, particularly the pandemic.”

Twenty-four-year-old biology major Aleyna Hayes said she thought the event was nice because students’ voices were being heard.

“I greatly appreciated all of this happening,” Hayes said. “I liked seeing people give their perspectives since it means students are being taken seriously and that CRC wants to do better by the students. It is nice to be appreciated and listened to.”

Eighteen-year-old chemistry major Mohaimen Abualturshi said he thought the event was important to have.

“I feel good, I think we should do more events like this since I would go to more of them,” Abualturshi said.

Abualturshi voiced his issues with how locked and timed assignments online are unfair.

“I feel unhappy about when you have a timed assignment online, you don’t really get a fair chance at learning,” Abualturshi said. “I feel like it hurts everyone and really doesn’t give students the ability to really succeed.”