Reduction Is The Word Of The Day For COC
The college tries to make ends meet in the wake of the budget.
Unlike its big brother counterparts, College of the Canyons will not be moving to a furlough schedule for the fall semester.
The college has made cutbacks in many categories to keep from moving to the mandatory days off that many 4-year universities have been forced to utilize.
The cut backs are in response to the recently passed budget, which according to USA Today, reduced school funding for colleges in California by 20 percent.
One step the school took was to reduce the number of classes offered this semester.
The class selection has been reduced by 11 to 12 percent, when compared to last falls class offering size, according to John McElwain, director of public relations for COC.
By reducing the number of classes, the college hopes to increase it's class sizes, by filling seats that in previously semesters went unfilled.
In addition to reducing classes, the college also decreased the number of hours their student services, such as admissions and records and financial aid are open.
"If you could open up a manual and turn to page 46 to find out what to do it would be nice, but that manual just doesn't exist," said McElwain.
Another step COC took to shore up the gap in funding was to not hire adjunct faculty member, which are employees with expertise in certain fields that are hired on an as need basis.
To combat the cuts, the college has increased its application for grants and also is applying for stimulus funds.
According to McElwain, legislation has not been established to hand out stimulus funds, so it could take some time to get additional money for the college.