Cypress College Adding Spring Classes, Commits to Summer 2013 Following Passage of Prop. 30
Cypress College's Summer 2013 term has been preserved, and for Spring 2013, 30 courses will be added or expanded generating 1,000 additional seats following the passage of Proposition 30 in this month's General Election.
The college's deans and Interim Executive Vice President Steve Donley are in the process of identifying the spring courses, and a course list for the expanded spring offerings is expected following the Thanksgiving holiday, just in time for registration. Development of the summer schedule is schedule to be completed in the spring.
The election result brought a sigh of relief to many on campus, in the North Orange County Community College District, and across the state's community college system. Dramatic additional budget reductions would have been needed if the measure had failed. Instead, the college is facing a difficult, though not seemingly impossible, budget reduction of $1.5 million for next fiscal year and beyond.
Dr. Simpson called the result "very good news".
"We are all relieved that Proposition 30 received significant support and was adopted by the voters of the state of California," Dr. Simpson said in an email to the campus community. "To all of you who worked to get the message out of the importance of this initiative to our students, both current and future, thank you!"
The proposition, which passed with 53.9% of ballots cast in favor, also means the addition of 1,000 seats between now and the end of the academic year. Summer 2013 will be a similar size schedule as last year, Dr. Simpson said.
"Details of the specific impact on our programs will be discussed at open forums throughout the District over the next few weeks," he said. "Suffice it to say that we will pull together, in accord with our values and as we have done in the past, to address this very good news."
While it is good news preventing the need for dramatic mid-year reductions the measure does not address all of the college's financial concerns.
An on-going structural deficit created by earlier cuts, and covered by expenditures of campus and district reserves, is at roughly $5 million across the North Orange County Community College District.
Cypress College will need to address its share by identifying and implementing more than $1.5 million in additional, on-going cuts.
Since 2008-2009, more than 100 positions have remained vacant to offset cuts from the state, according to Fred Williams, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities. Jeff Horsley, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, said that passage of Prop. 30 would appear to mean that discussions about furloughs won't be necessary.
NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Ned Doffoney went a step further in addressing employees: "Those of you who have jobs, and are doing a good job will continue to have your jobs."
Posted by Marc S. Posner