In response to severe state budget cuts, and after long deliberations and input from the Instruction Council, Office of Instruction, Student Services and a student-initiated survey, Napa Valley College President Dr. Edna Baehre-Kolovani has announced that the college will offer summer classes focusing on classes needed for degree completion and graduation, and transfer. However, the number of classes has been cut about 50%. Given cuts in summer sessions at nearby colleges, it is anticipated that classes will fill quickly. (See the priority registration schedule below.) Summer classes start June 11 with both six and eight-week sessions offered.
“We worked very hard to prioritize and protect the most important classes that our students need. We are focusing on the most important core general education classes. While fewer classes will be offered, we have listened to feedback from our students and the community,” she said.
Core classes such as English, math, speech and sciences, while limited in number, will be offered. The college has an ongoing Police Academy class that continues in the summer, and ongoing Health Occupations programs such as EMT/Paramedic, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Psychiatric Technician and Respiratory Therapy will not be impacted. Summer winery and viticulture classes are necessary to maintain that program. A very limited number of physical education classes needed to meet graduation requirements and necessary for team sports will be offered.
The Office of Instruction has worked with faculty and college administrators have held a series of meetings to analyze budget impacts, set priorities, and respond to student and community concerns. Student government (ASNVC) polled students about priority classes. Data was also gathered from graduation petitions, and enrollment data from last summer was analyzed.
Enrollment fees have been increased by the state to $46 per unit in summer session.
The summer schedule will be available on WebAdvisor and registration will start April 16. The schedule will be available on the college website www.napavalley.edu on April 23. The credit schedule is no longer being printed but will be available online.
It is estimated that the reduced summer schedule will save the college $200,000.
College offices will be closed on Fridays during the summer, with employees working four 10-hour days. Other economies, such as not heating the pool, reducing library hours and reducing hours of other services are also being considered. Watch for future announcements about reductions in summer services.
The reduction in state funding to Napa Valley College this year is some $3 million dollars. If the proposed November tax ballot measure does not pass, it is projected that NVC will receive another reduction of some $1.3 million. The college is developing contingency plans given potential mid-year cuts and further projected reductions in state funding. A goal is to minimize cuts to fall and spring semesters.
The college continues to reduce expenses as part of ongoing efforts to deal with the budget crisis. Some classes, especially in the personal enrichment area, have been transitioned to fee-based classes. In the past, administrators and classified employees took furloughs; many positions remain unfilled. Some internal reorganizations have been done; others are in progress. Faculty members have accommodated additional students in classes. Many economies related to college facilities are ongoing. The credit class schedule is no longer being printed; it is available online. The college has instituted Strategic Enrollment Management to analyze and streamline delivery of programs and services. Several initiatives to increase revenue have been started, such as the Institute for Business Excellence, and the college Foundation has well-defined goals in support of the college and its students.
Priority registration schedule for Summer 2012
Online registration will begin at 12 midnight on each priority day.
Priority 0 – April 16 - 29 (DSPS, EOPS, WAIII, Veterans, Foster Youth)
Priority A – April 30 (45-100 units)
Priority B – May 1 (30-44.9 units)
Priority C – May 2 (15-29.9 units)
Priority D – May 3 (0-14.9 units)
Priority E – May 7 (New Matriculated Students)
Priority F – May 8 (Returning Students)
Priority G – May 9 (New Non-Matriculated Students)