INCREASE ACCESS BY PROVIDING MORE CLASS SECTIONS.
Current enrollment policy does not access all available growth dollars for increase in class sections. Over the past five years, MSJC has left millions of available growth dollars on the state table. This policy prevents access for thousands of additional students who need to be served and are not being served. This policy sends students outside the district to other community colleges to meet their educational goals.The money left on the table each year is permanently lost in base funding. This same policy also affects the capacity to load rates in enrollment on our buildings. We lose points by not making our “CAP” pushing future state funded buildings years into the future and requiring more local contribution
MAXIMIZE USE OF EXISTING FACILITIES.
Current scheduling practice (Monday thru Thursday) does not maximize the enrollment in our facilites. The college needs to change its scheduling practice to accommodate more students. This is done by a compressed schedule offering classes Monday thru Friday and also a full offering on Saturdays. Current policy affects the capacity to load rate on the buildings pushing future state funded buildings far into the future and requiring more local contribution.
Board members and administration do not want to implement these policies as it requires everyone to work on Fridays and others to work on the week-end, a position which has more self-interest than student and taxpayer interest. It is imperative for the future of the college to make these changes.
MAKE THE “CAP’.
The college is leaving accumulatively over five previous years, millions of dollars at the state table in available growth apportionment. Not making “CAP” permanently impacts the base revenue. Students and taxpayers lose by these practices. “CAP” means annual growth apportionment dollars available in state budget to grow new FTES. It is determined by growth rates in adult population, high school graduation rates and underserved factor in every district. It is a new allocation every year depending upon the state budget. Sometimes it has a deficit factor applied.
HIRE MORE FACULTY.
When the district makes “CAP” there is increased revenue for hiring of full time faculty. This is in the best interest of our students. Full-time faculty obligation requirements are based upon district growth factors.
According to the 2000-2005 Master Plan, in 2000 the college had 17 administrators. Today there are 27. The revenues need to go into classs sections to provide more access for our students and increase the participation rate in our underserved area. Students and taxpayers are the losers.
I am not a bureaucrat. Increased student access to class commodity and efficient use of existing facilites to capture all state funding is in the best interest of the taxpayer.