SANTA ROSA (KCBS) – While many Bay Area community colleges don’t open for instruction for a month, Monday marked the first day students could register for classes.

Santa Rosa Junior College serves 32,000 students a semester. Admissions Director Diane Traversi said that with a 10 percent reduction in class offerings and a 9 percent increase in expected enrollment, it wasn’t a surprise to see 1,200 users at any given time trying to enroll online on Monday.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“With 1,200 people on at once, classes are going to disappear really fast,” she said. “Our lobby is full and our phones are ringing off the hook from students at home.”

Traversi said that she’s hoping not to have to turn anyone away.

Meanwhile, students in the San Mateo Community College District are expected to have an easier time registering, after voters approved a parcel tax last year that raises $6 million for Skyline, Cañada and the College of San Mateo.

College of San Mateo spokeswoman Beverly Madden said that the school is expecting to add core classes that are in high demand, like math, English and transfer requirements.

“We’re really stable,” Madden said. “We’re very fortunate with the support from the local funding, with the parcel tax and our enrollment looks stable for the fall.”

Enrollment at California community colleges has grown an estimated 44 percent overt the last 15 years.

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Comments (2)
  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Quality of facu is quality of CSU and UC: wage concessions to stand up for CSU uC. University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for UC and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with deeds – wage concessions.

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