Butte College cut 96 course sections from the Fall 2012 schedule in order to maintain a balanced budget. As a result of these reductions, the college is serving 281 fewer students in Fall 2012 compared to Fall 2011. Even after these cutbacks, the college has worked to serve an additional 787 students for which it will not be funded.
“We want to reassure our students and the community that we are doing everything possible to maximize access to courses and services,” said Clinton Slaughter, Butte College Director of Admissions. “The reality is our resources have been cut, and we are trying to do more, with less, similar to most community colleges around the state.”
The Fall 2012 semester begins on August 20 and a majority of classes are already full. Many students are relying on waiting lists as their final hope to get into courses. Last year, Butte College made reductions to close a $6.5 million shortfall in funding for its 2011-2012 academic year. The college cut 50 courses from its Fall 2011 semester and 94 courses from its Spring 2012 semester, was forced to make reductions in student services, and eliminated its three week Winter Session in January 2012.
“We are utilizing waiting lists to help students register for classes, and we will be offering special assistance during the first three days of the fall semester for students having difficulty accessing classes,” said Slaughter.