Overview of Roxbury Community College

This section describes the makeup and responsibilities of Roxbury Community College.

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Roxbury Community College (RCC) is authorized by Section 5 of Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws and operates under the direction of a board of trustees, which has 11 members. Eight members are appointed from the general public by the Governor to serve five-year terms; 1 is an RCC graduate appointed by the Governor to serve a five-year term; 1 is an RCC graduate elected by the alumni association to serve a five-year term; and 1 is a student who is elected to serve a one-year term. RCC’s board operates under regulations promulgated by the Commonwealth’s Board of Higher Education; this includes setting policies, approving budgets, monitoring quarterly performance, and participating in the approval of internal audits. The president of RCC reports to the board of trustees and is the administrative head of the college. The president is supported by the director of public safety; the director of enterprise systems; the executive director of development; the associate vice president of facilities and operations; the library director; the chief information officer; the director of financial aid; the executive director of workforce development; the vice president of institutional effectiveness; the dean of science, technology, engineering, and math; the executive director of communications, marketing, and external affairs; the assistant dean of athletics, health, and wellness; the assistant dean of enrollment; and the dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

RCC is a member of the Massachusetts public higher education system, which consists of 15 community colleges, nine state universities, and five University of Massachusetts campuses. RCC is an accredited public institution offering associate’s degrees and certificate programs, serving residents of the greater Boston area.

According to the RCC website,

The campus, located at 1234 Columbus Avenue, is adjacent to Malcolm X Boulevard and Cedar Streets. This 16-acre campus consists of five buildings: Administration, Academic, Media Arts, Student Center, and the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

For fiscal years 2018 and 2019, RCC had a total of 2,860 and 2,964 students enrolled, respectively.

According to its 2015–2020 strategic plan, RCC’s mission is as follows.

Roxbury Community College (RCC) provides a nurturing environment, where all community members are welcome, regardless of past education. We transform lives through excellence and innovation, preparing our learners for active citizenry and success in a changing world.

RCC received appropriations of $10,623,766 and $10,960,216 from the Commonwealth for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center

RLTAC is an indoor track facility at 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing, owned by the Commonwealth and governed by RCC. In accordance with Section 22A of Chapter 15A of the General Laws, RCC’s board of trustees is responsible for the management and operation of RLTAC. Those responsibilities include, but are not limited to, establishing user fees for RLTAC; entering into agreements with the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association and other groups for its use; establishing rules and regulations for its use by public high school track programs, members of the public, nonpublic groups, and people affiliated with RCC; deciding on the priority of uses and the schedule for RLTAC; and entering into agreements with vendors for providing standard services and maintenance for RLTAC.

According to its March 2017 “Facilities Reservation Policy,” RCC prioritizes the use of RLTAC as follows:

  1. Massachusetts Indoor High School Track
  2. Roxbury Community College (RCC) Athletics
  3. Internal (RCC) requests for space
  4. Requests from the Greater Roxbury Community
  5. All other external requests for space

External events are events held at RLTAC by organizations and groups that are not controlled by RCC; internal events are held by departments within RCC. External events can be either public or nonpublic. Public events are events held at RLTAC by public organizations and groups; nonpublic events are held by nonpublic organizations and groups, also known as private organizations and groups.

To operate RLTAC, RCC received appropriations from the Commonwealth of $900,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $925,000 in fiscal year 2019. According to the fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budget summaries, RCC also has a retained revenue account for RLTAC from which it may spend money—no more than $529,843 per fiscal year—that it has received from fees, rentals, and facility expenses associated with running and operating track meets, athletic events, conferences, and meetings.

Date published: October 28, 2021