South Bay Community Colleges Brace For Even Deeper Cuts

CUPERTINO (KCBS) – The cost of education continues to rise for students across the state and those at community college campuses in the South Bay are especially feeling the burden.

At most colleges, tuition and fees are skyrocketing while the number of available classes goes in the opposite direction.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Omar Naranjo, a freshman at De Anza College in Cupertino, said he wishes the state would spend more money on community colleges and less on other projects.

“I heard of one project where they’re doing research on cows, which really makes no sense to me,” he said. “Why waste your money on that when you can be helping students?”

John Hendrickson, the Chancellor of the West Valley Mission Community College District, said high school transfers are up and state schools are redirecting students to community colleges.  But the wait list for those classes is longer than ever.

“In the Santa Clara County area, I get a sense that the number of students who are enrolled, but can’t get into classes is closer to 10,000,” said Hendrickson.

The average cost per community college unit will go from $68-to-$92 this fall, and may go even higher midway through the school year.

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    UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau violates the spirit of Sacramento funding. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
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    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none. Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

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