"We have to run a tight ship too," Karl said. "We have to keep our expenditures down as well."
He said the college is rated No. 1 among other State University of New York colleges for its economic efficiency.
This year, the college enrolled its largest freshman class, with 700 students set to begin this fall.
Basil said 64 percent of Schenectady County students attend Schenectady County Community College while 37 percent attend Hudson Valley Community College.
Hughes urged the college to look at the reasons students attend colleges out of the area. He said he would like an evaluation of the motivation behind attending other community colleges like Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
"The community really participates in the college itself," Basil said.
He said the college employs more than 400 full-time and part-time staffers and has more than 10,000 community users annually.