WHO: Gavilan College Vice President of Instruction, Kathleen Rose
WHAT: Sent out an email to the heads of all academic departments at Gavilan College, announcing the cancellation of planned Winter Intersession classes, due to state budget cuts.
The message reads: "The topic of winter intersession has been thoroughly discussed among campus groups and shared governance committees over the past several weeks. An analysis of the costs associated with winter intersession was completed, with particular attention to the history of general education/transfer classes that have been offered in the past. Based on the FTES(Full-Time Equivalent Students) projections for the year, along with the development of the spring schedule, the decision has been made to not hold winter intersession for this academic year. Students are encouraged to work with the counseling department to review the impact this may have on individual education plans."
WHEN: The Winter Intersession had originally been scheduled to run from January 4 through January 29. Spring semester classes will begin February 3.
WHY: The State of California has reduced funding for many state services this year, including community colleges, in an attempt to close the state budget deficit. Despite record demand, the state is not funding enrollment growth, and has reduced the base enrollment target by 3% for 2009-2010. Gavilan College has formed an Expenditure Reduction Task Force to identify and recommend cost savings. In order to serve as many students as possible with reduced funds, resources must be allocated where they can be most effective. By eliminating classes for Winter Intersession the college will be able to offer more classes during the Spring Semester, when more students are enrolled and when a greater variety of classes can be offered.