faces difficult budget problems in the coming year, and its
greatest challenge will be to continue to offer the full range of
courses and services needed by students to meet their goals.
That assessment from President Adriana D. Barrera in meetings this
summer with faculty and classified staff.
The states multi-billion-dollar deficit has forced many public
agencies to retrench or reduce services, and Mission College is
Already, the college
has reduced the number of section offerings by approximately 10 percent
below last fall. Weeks before the start of this fall semester, dozens
of classes already had filled to capacity.
"In the past, if we had a long waiting list for a class, wed
be able to open another section of the course," said Dr. Barrera.
"The budget situation will not allow us to do that this year."
Meantime, a decision on whether to offer a winter session in early
2004 has not yet been made.
The state budget approved by the Legislature in July brought some
relief, with funding for the Los Angeles Community College District
at a level such that proposed layoffs and employee furloughs do not
appear to be necessary at this time. However, Chancellor Mark Drummond
has cautioned that these and other budget-reducing measures may have
to be re-visited, if the financial outlook should change.