“The overall picture is that most of the students taking these courses have histories of not doing well academically,” Torres said.
On April 29, we sat down with Shanell Williams, the newly elected student trustee and now-former Associated Students president, for a conversation about her experiences with City College and the recent accreditation crisis. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is expected to release its final decision in early July.
The City College Board of Trustees voted to approve a budget of $191 million for the remainder of the college’s 2011-2012 fiscal year. This budget includes cutting a whopping $1.9 million in funding for classes, a sacrifice made in the face of an ongoing statewide fiscal crisis.
“It’s not a perfect budget… but I think on balance it reflects the budget in this state and elsewhere,” said Trustee Steve Ngo, who is also the chair of the budget committee.
City College began its largest summer program ever opening over 1000 classes June 13 to successfully meet student demand after canceling its 2010 summer session due to staggering budget cuts.
Thousands of teachers, students and concerned citizens held protests every day during the week of May 9, calling for Republican legislators to vote for extending temporary taxes that would offset crippling projected cuts to California’s public education system next year.
Modesto Junior College administration’s drastic cuts to several popular programs, including the elimination of the entire mass communications department, are at best driven by hopeless ignorance and at worst designed to silence student voices at the school.
In the face of up to $900 million in budget cuts, students, faculty and alumni joined together April 17 at Hands Across California, to raise awareness of the community college system’s dyer financial situation.