College Council -- February 3, 2012

Quick Jump to Sections: Budget+Enrollment Management, Accreditation, Grants Task Force and Updates, College Mission + Vision Review, Parking Fees, Other Things, Next Meetings.

Budget + Enrollment Management

Not much change in budget information from my previous report but the "deficit factor" estimate is now a bit larger. We're still alright for this year—no mid-year cuts. The Governor's budget proposal is only the first step in the state's budget development process. There will be political maneuvering going on and (hopefully) improved estimates of property tax and income tax revenue over the next few months. The Governor will release his "May revise" budget proposal in the beginning of May and the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) will weigh on before the state legislature approves the budget by June 15th. The budget proposal, though, assumes a tax hike (income tax increase for the top 400,000 wage earners in California + 0.5% sales tax increase for everyone) that will be on the November ballot. Therefore, we won't really know for sure what the state funding will be until after the November elections. Unfortunately, we have to get a college district budget proposal to the Board of Trustees for 2012-13 fiscal year by their June meeting since the fiscal year begins July 1st. Although the chancellor is telling the colleges to prepare budgets for two or three scenarios, the Board of Trustees can legally (we believe) approve only one budget. Therefore, we should expect them to approve the "worse case" scenario where the Tax Package is not approved by the voters. We expect to work with about $4.6 million less than 2011-12. There will be further "workload reduction" = fewer sections taught: 7% less in Fall 2012 than in Fall 2011. Adjuncts and overload will be hit first with the cuts and other cuts will need to be made even with use of college carryover and district reserves. The college carryover and district reserves are expected to be tapped out by the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

We will be "ghosting" the cut sections, so they won't appear to students in the schedule of classes but we'll have the classes "ready to go" in case we can offer them. In past years we would have the tentative sections visible to students in the schedule of classes but listed as "restricted". Many students held off registering for the definite sections and waited to see if the restricted sections would be opened up later. That caused more problems for the college and the students when those restricted sections did not open up, so we are going to "ghost" the restricted sections this time around.

We're still going ahead with the faculty hiring in order to maintain our Faculty Obligation Number (FON). Failure to meet the FON would lead to major financial penalties. Bakersfield College has seven replacement positions plus four new full-time faculty positions being advertised. According to the KCCD website, the instructor positions are: Economics, ASL, Sociology, Communication, English, Biology, Geology, General/DSPS Counselor, Spanish, History (Delano), and Political Science (Delano). Cerro Coso has three positions being advertised and Porterville has five positions being advertised making a district total of 19 positions. If I recall correctly, five of them are new positions (of which BC gets 4) to leave 14 positions as replacement hires.

Finally, for how the Full-time Equivalent Student (FTES) enrollment is going for this 2011-12 academic year: we are doing fine. Although BC is about 177 FTES below our target, we are about 400 above our cap (beyond which the state does NOT pay us for). We do want to have slightly more FTES than our cap, so that we can possibly capture any "growth" money from the state (or at least demonstrate the need for growth money in future budget years). Going below cap means further cuts from the state so the cap FTES is a firm lower limit. The upper limit for possible enrollment is a self-imposed limit that I'm not sure how is determined. There is the consideration that enrolling more students than what we are paid for by the state does further tax our abilities to meet all of the extra students' needs (counseling, financial aid, restrooms, parking, food, security, etc.) The target FTES for BC is 12,696.4 and we are currently (as of Monday, January 30th = Census Date) at 12,519.8 for 2011-12 annual enrollment. Our cap is 12,117.0 and the self-imposed upper limit is 13,383.6 (or about 10% more than the cap).

One interesting fact about this semester's students: about 10% of them are new students who have not previously attended BC (or CC or PC).

Accreditation

Kate Pluta shared the five Actionable Improvement Plans that will go in our Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report (select the link to bring up a PDF copy).

Grants Task Force + Grants Update

The grants task force is recommending that we have a central clearinghouse for all grants being used at BC and they're looking into creating a summary report format that summarize available grants, listing the grant requirements and how they might fit into college goals/mission.

Former BC instructional dean Rebecca Flores has been hired by the TAAC6 grant group to lead the student basic skills development part of the $20 million grant.

College Mission + Vision review

We re-affirmed the mission statement and promised that the mission and vision would be more thoroughly evaluated as part of the development of our strategic plan. Also, it looks like plans are being made to have a three-year cycle of college strategic planning and mission evaluation and the cycle begins this semester.

 

 

Parking Fees

California community colleges get zero funding from the state for parking lot maintenance or improvements. All of the money for parking lot maintenance must come from local fees (parking permits). SB774 recently increased the maximum amount that California community colleges can charge students to $50/semester. Bakersfield College charges $30/semester (and has for several years). The daily parking permits has been $1/day for the past fifteen years. The parking lot maintenance/enforcement part of the college budget has been operating at a deficit (by several tens of thousands of dollars) since 2008 and most of our lots are in desperate need of repair. We used $60,000 of our college carryover to put in long overdue lights in the southwest corner parking lot. We are one of a very few number of colleges that does not charge its employees for parking. We will be increasing the daily parking permit to $2 and increasing the student semester permit by two to five dollars per semester. We will also begin charging employees for parking as a way to be fair. Faculty & administration will be charged the student rate. The classified staff contract states that the staff cannot be charged for parking but that may be bargained away in a future contract. Note that CSUB has charged everyone for parking for years. Many other colleges & universities have parking fees that depend on location with the choicer spots being charged more. If you can find other colleges/universities that do not charge their employees parking, please let me know. Also, if you have a counter argument to why we should charge employees to park just like we do our students as a fairness issue, please let me know.

Other Things

 

Next meetings

First and third Fridays of the month at 8:30 to 10:30 AM (except finals and winter+summer break).

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Last updated: February 4, 2012

Document author: Nick Strobel