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The Peralta Colleges Add 200 New Classes For Spring Semester – Students Urged to Enroll Now!

10 January 2013

To meet increased demand, the Peralta Colleges–Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland–have added 200 new classes for the spring 2013 semester.

The courses are filling up quickly, and students need to enroll now to ensure they get the classes they need. Classes start January 22, 2013.

The added classes include English, Math, Biology, Business, Biotechnology, Multimedia Arts, Music, Art, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, ESL, Environmental, Dance and other areas of study.

After years of state-imposed budget cuts that resulted in fewer classes, the passage of Proposition 30 in November made it possible for the Peralta Colleges to add additional classes for the spring semester. This will enable the colleges to accommodate 700 more full-time students.

To enroll in the classes, students should check the Peralta Community College District online class schedule at www.peralta.edu, and sign up for classes as quickly as possible.

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The Peralta Colleges are adding more classes for the Spring 2013 semester!

18 December 2012

The Peralta Colleges are adding more classes for the Spring 2013 semester!  Get the classes you need!

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Chancellor José M. Ortiz Announces That Peralta Colleges Will Add Up To 200 New Classes for Spring Semester

18 December 2012

The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, has announced that the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – will be adding up to 200 new classes for the spring 2013 semester.

The passage of Proposition 30 has made it possible for the Peralta Colleges to add additional classes for the spring semester in order to accommodate up to 700 more full-time students. Enrollment for the semester has already begun, and classes are being added by each of the colleges. Classes for the spring semester start on January 22, 2013.

The District, which includes Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont, took the prudent approach of budgeting for a scenario that assumed Proposition 30 would not be successful.  But Proposition 30 passed and as a result the Peralta Colleges will be able to restore approximately $5.5 million to the unrestricted general fund.

“While this restoration allows us to build back many of the class sections and services that had been provided in the past, the $5.5 million is only a start to the restoration process,” Chancellor Ortiz said in a statement to faculty and staff.

For the last three fiscal years the District, which serves about 27,000 students each semester, has had to cut approximately $20 million in response to state-imposed budget reductions. This has meant that as many as 3000 students could not get into classes.

“Immediately,” Chancellor Ortiz said, “we will be adding up to 200 strategically selected sections to our existing spring schedule of classes.”

“We are also looking to further promote our spring 2013 schedule to attract additional students,” he said.

“Each of the Peralta Colleges will be adding sections and the deans, vice presidents and presidents will be working closely with faculty to determine which classes and sections will be added to our schedule,” the Chancellor added.

Classes to be added include sections in English, Math, Biology, Business, Biotechnology, Multimedia Arts, Music, Art, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, ESL, Environmental, Dance and other areas of study.

“This is a very good opportunity for our students to get the classes they need,” Chancellor Ortiz said. “I encourage students to check our Website (click here) to see which classes we are adding and to enroll as early as possible.”

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Proposition 30 and the Peralta Colleges

7 December 2012

To the Peralta Family,

With the passage of Proposition 30, the Peralta Colleges will be able to add additional classes for the spring semester to accommodate up to 700 FTES. This is good news for our students and faculty. With this good news, however, comes much work to be done in a short period of time.

As you know, we took the prudent approach of budgeting for a scenario that assumed Proposition 30 would not be successful.  Fortunately, Proposition 30 passed and as a result we will be able to restore approximately $5.5 million to the unrestricted general fund.

While this restoration allows us to build back many of the class sections and services that had been provided in the past, the $5.5 million is only a start to the restoration process.  For the last three fiscal years we have had to cut approximately $20 million in response to state-imposed budget reductions.

More immediately, we will be adding up to 200 strategically selected sections to our existing spring schedule of classes. We are also looking to further promote our Spring 2013 schedule to attract additional students. Each of the Peralta Colleges will be adding sections and your deans, vice presidents and president will be working closely with faculty to determine which classes and sections will be added to our schedule. Of course, this work has to be completed before the spring semester begins on January 22.

All of us appreciate the additional offerings and know that through our efforts more students will benefit from the quality teaching that we provide at the Peralta Colleges. Thank you for your service to our community.

Dr. José M. Ortiz
Chancellor

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Message From Chancellor Ortiz on Proposition 30

14 November 2012

To the Peralta Community,

Congratulations to all of you – students, faculty and staff – who helped pass Proposition 30 last week. For the first time in years, we now have a budgetary plan for higher education in California from which all of us will benefit. Best of all, it allows our colleges to serve more students.

As Ron Gerhard, our Vice Chancellor for Finance, reported during his budget update to the Board of Trustees at last night’s meeting (November 13), the passage of Proposition 30 makes clearer the budget picture for the Peralta Colleges as well as the other 71 community college districts in California.

With approximately seven months remaining in the fiscal year, we have a better understanding of how much we will receive from the State for serving students.  Proposition 30’s passage means that we can expect no cuts to our funding compared to the prior fiscal year. The Peralta Colleges can expect to be funded to serve 17,992 FTES compared to the approximately 16,600 FTES if Proposition 30 had failed.  This difference equates to approximately $5.5 million that will be restored to the unrestricted general fund budget.

In addition to restoring $5.5 million to Peralta’s base budget, Proposition 30 also calls for approximately $210 million in new funds statewide.  Of these new funds, $160 million will be used to buy down existing deferrals and the remaining $50 million is to be used to provide additional access to students. These new dollars are not expected to be allocated to districts until June 2013.

While the passage of Proposition 30 is good news overall, it represents only a partial restoration for Peralta to our 2010-11 level, when we were funded for serving 19,512 FTES. Nonetheless, thanks to Proposition 30, we will now be able to provide classes to more of our community’s students.

I will continue to keep you informed as we use our Budget Allocation Model process to put Proposition 30 dollars to work by restoring classes and serving our students at the Peralta Colleges.

Dr. José M. Ortiz
Chancellor

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Chancellor Ortiz’s Editorial In Today’s Oakland Tribune

30 October 2012

Today, José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, had an editorial concerning Proposition 30 published in the Oakland Tribune.

You can read the Chancellor’s full editorial at http://www.insidebayarea.com/editorial/ci_21883963/jos-233-m-ortiz-passage-prop-30-would

José M. Ortiz: Passage of Prop. 30 would help buoy college districts

This November our nation will make important choices at the polls. In California, there is a very important measure on the ballot, Proposition 30, which will have a profound impact on how community colleges across the state, including the Peralta Colleges, are funded.

I urge you to vote this November, and while I cannot tell you how to vote, I can outline for you the facts and possible effects of Proposition 30 on the Peralta Community College District, our students, faculty, staff and the public.

The Peralta Colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland — serve more than 27,000 students each semester. We provide not only two-year degrees and academic transfer courses, but also important workforce development and career technical education to students from Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.

The outcome of Proposition 30 will determine future funding for our college and, in fact, all institutions of higher education in California for years to come. California’s community colleges face midyear budget cuts of $338 million if Proposition 30 does not pass in November.

This has meant that Peralta has already prepared for a loss of $5.5 million that would otherwise have gone to serving students.

Overall, funding for California community colleges has been cut by $809 million, or 12 percent, since 2008-09, according to the state chancellor’s office. The Peralta Colleges have seen some $27 million in cuts to our budget, meaning we cannot educate nearly as many students as we once did.

Enrollment at the state’s 112 community colleges has declined by almost 500,000 students since 2008-09, and course offerings statewide have been cut by 25 percent.

At the Peralta Colleges, we have lost more than 4,000 students due to state funding cuts and have had to cut classes by nearly 25 percent.

If Proposition 30 passes, the state’s community colleges would receive $210 million in additional funds in 2012-13, or $4 million for the Peralta Colleges.

Passage of the measure would make room for an additional 20,000 students statewide, which could mean funding for up to 1,000 additional students at College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College.

Voting yes on Proposition 30 means that the personal income tax would go up for those earning more than $250,000 and a quarter-cent sales tax increase would go into effect. Schools and colleges, public safety and other State agencies would receive funding.

Voting no on Proposition 30 means that no new taxes will be introduced and schools and colleges would face billions in reduced funding.

Again, I cannot urge you to vote one way or another on Proposition 30, but I hope this information is useful to you in making up your mind when you go to the polls next week.

I urge each of you to become informed as to relevant facts and the various choices before us this Election Day, Nov. 6, and to go out and vote.

Jose M. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Chancellor

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Proposition 30 Fact Sheet: State Budget Reductions at the Peralta Colleges

17 October 2012

Peralta Community College District 

Impact of State Budget Reductions

 

Cumulative reductions in state funding for the Peralta Community College District (with a 2012-13 operating budget of $112 million) caused the following budget reductions in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12:

•    $18.9 million has been cut.

•    Full-Time-Equivalent-Students (FTES) has been reduced by 4,378.96 from 22,178.96 FTES to 17,800 FTES.

•    18,110 class sections have been eliminated, affecting more than 20,000 students.

•    The District continues to provide local funding for over 1,200 FTES (for which no compensation is received from the state).

•    Over 60 faculty, staff, and administrative positions have not been filled after becoming vacant.

If Proposition 30 passes in November, PCCD will receive an increase of $3,798,397million, as follows:

•    $3 million will be credited to the District in the “deferral buy-down.”

•    $798,397 will be provided to the District for an increase in 175 FTES.

If Proposition 30 does not pass in November, $5.5 million will be cut, bringing the District’s cumulative reduction to $18.9 million. The reduction will be in apportionment revenue via a Workload (Enrollment) Reduction, as follows:

•    FTES will be reduced by another 1,200 FTES, reducing the total FTES to 16,708 FTES .

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 9, 2012

16 October 2012. 0 comments

The October meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees started with the announcement of a LEED Gold award for the Solar installation at the new Laney Athletic complex. Next up, our lobbyist in Sacramento provided a legislative update, stressing the importance of proposition 30. And finally, College of Alameda professor Diana Bajrami reported on the development of Student Learning Outcomes mandated by the Accreditation Board.

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Chancellor Ortiz’s Statement to Students, Faculty and Staff on Proposition 30

2 October 2012. 0 comments

This November our nation will make important choices at the polls. In California, there is a very important measure on the ballot, Proposition 30, which will have a profound impact on how community colleges across the State, including the Peralta Colleges, are funded.

I urge you to vote this November and while I cannot tell you how to vote, in accordance with state law, I can give you the following information about the possible effects of Proposition 30 on the Peralta Community College District, our students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

The outcome of Proposition 30 will determine the future of higher education in California for years to come. California’s community colleges face mid-year budget cuts of $338 million if Proposition 30 does not pass in November. This has meant that Peralta has prepared for a loss of $5.5 million, as reflected in the final 2012-13 budget, which would otherwise have gone to serving students.

Overall, funding for California community colleges has been cut by $809 million, or 12 percent, since 2008-09, according to the State Chancellor’s Office. The Peralta Colleges have seen some $27 million in cuts to our budget, meaning we cannot educate nearly as many students as we once did.

Enrollment at the State’s 112 community colleges has declined by almost 500,000 students since 2008-09, and course offerings statewide have been cut by 25 percent. At the Peralta Colleges, we have lost more than 4,000 students due to State funding cuts and have had to cut classes by nearly 25%.

If Proposition 30 passes, the State’s community colleges would receive $210 million in additional funds in 2012-13, or $4 million for the Peralta Colleges. Passage of the measure would make room for an additional 20,000 students statewide, which could mean funding for up to 1,000 additional students at College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College.

Voting “Yes” on Proposition 30 means that the personal income tax would go up for those earning more than $250,000 and a quarter-cent sales tax increase would go into effect. Schools and colleges, public safety and other State agencies would receive funding.

Voting “No” on Proposition 30 means that no new taxes will be introduced. The following cuts would go into effect and schools and colleges would face billions in reduced funding:
Schools and community colleges  $5.35 billion
University of California        $250 million
California State University     $250 million
Department of Developmental Services    $50 million
City police department grants   $20 million
CalFire $10 million
DWR flood control programs      $7 million
Local water safety patrol grants        $5 million
Department of Fish and Game     $4 million
Department of Parks and Recreation      $2 million
DOJ law enforcement programs    $1 million

I hope you find this information on Proposition 30 useful. It is intended to aid you in understanding the possible effects of this ballot measure on the Peralta Colleges.

Again, there are important choices to make at the polls this November. I urge each of you to become informed as to relevant facts and the various choices before us and to vote this Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

José M. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Chancellor

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