Monday, October 10, 2011

Summer sessions to be "limited"

     Almost a week ago, we noted the rumor—or common knowledge?—“that the two colleges have messed up bigtime and, as a result, summer sessions will likely have to be cancelled…”
     Almost immediately, readers wrote us to suggest that there would be a summer session, but a very small one.
     About an hour ago, denizens of Irvine Valley College got confirmation in the form of the following memo from VP Craig Justice:

     At the September 30, 2011, meeting of the Irvine Valley College Instructional Council…, the following consensus points were reached about the summer 2012 term: 
• There will be one 8-week summer session. It will commence on Monday, June 18, 2012. (Saddleback College will have the same summer calendar.)
. . .
• Due to the cap on the number of full-time equivalent students (FTES) now in place, and due to the large number of sections and students that the college is not being compensated for, summer 2012 will be significantly smaller that [sic] summer 2011.... 
     The Instructional Council strongly supports not cutting the fall and spring primary terms. To create a larger summer session in 2012 would mean that we would have to cut fall 2012 and spring 2013 classes and enrollments. Thus, summer 2012 offerings must be limited….
     The deans and academic chairs will commence work later this semester on developing a specific list of sections that will be funded for summer 2012….
     Thank you for your cooperation.

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Anonymous said...

How much longer do we have to put up with this administrative team? Anyone up for meeting with the accreditation team on the day they visit?

Anonymous said...

A little devil's advocacy:

Most of us enforce class maximums because of workload issues. If my class max is 30 students, then accepting three extra students increases my work by ten percent, but my salary stays the same.

When districts cut summer school, they're doing the same thing: We are funded on the basis of FTES, so offering class sections over and above our funding level is, in effect, working for free. It's unsustainable over the long run.

100 miles down the road from you all, we're trying to grab all the FTES we can during the Fall and Spring semesters. If we make it, we'll cut back summer offerings to nearly nothing. If we don't we'll offer more summer classes so we don't lose funding from the State.

This seems sensible to me: Becaue funding is finite, we can't offer unlimited class sections, unless, of course, teachers are willing to work for free.

So what's wrong with cutting back on summer school?


B. von Traven said...

Phil, I've never been any good with FTES and targets and such. I do know that our "basic aid" funding makes a difference to these calculations and I'm told that, in some sense, we scheduled too much (presumably this fall and last spring) and must now diminish summer to nearly nothing. Insofar as we want to offer summer classes, that's a problem.

Anonymous said...

I didn't want to sound churlish or envious (the latter is probably accurate), but because SOCCCD is a Basic Aid district, there's tons of money (I heard $180 million) in the bank.

If that's the case, then your district SHOULD provide some unfunded classes to students. All that extra taxpayer money just sitting in the bank is plenty to make up for leaner times when there's less community college money coming from the same taxpayers.

Non-Basic Aid districts like mine simply can't afford to offer classes without funding for the same classes. I think your district can.


B. von Traven said...

Could be, dude.

Anonymous said...

From what I have been told, all summer classes are paid as OSH. The FTES can be credited to the previous academic year or the upcoming year.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:32:

I dunno what OSH is, but districts can fool with summer school calendars to get FTES to count for one fiscal year or another. Delay summer classes, and they'll count for next year. Start sooner, and they'll count for this year.

That's what we do 100 miles down the road from you.

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