Cuesta College is offering a robust summer schedule in the hope of attracting enough students to trigger additional state funding.
If the college can get 660 full-time students enrolled in summer courses, it will receive $3.3 million in additional revenue over a three-year period.
So far, the college has 584 full-time students enrolled, and summer classes don’t start until June 18.
Toni Sommer, vice president of administrative services, said summer enrollment is double what it was at this time last year.
“We are right on schedule to hit the 660 goal, which will help with our budget crisis,” Sommer said.
In April, Cuesta trustees approved a plan that cut $3 million to balance the college’s 2012-13 budget — eliminating 26 positions and laying off 16 people.
The $3 million shortfall is the result of sweeping cuts in state funding, increased payments on outstanding debt for completed building projects and built-in salary increases, along with other inflationary expenses.
That deficit could grow by $2.2 million before the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year if Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax incentive proposal does not pass.
In 2010, Cuesta eliminated the majority of its summer term to save money but saw a decline in the number of students who enrolled in the fall semester as a result. The following year, President Gil Stork restored the summer session as a result.
In 2011, the college offered 110 summer courses. This summer, the number of classes offered more than doubled to 275 courses.
Sommer said that if the college reaches 9,236 full-time-equivalent students, the state will recognize the college as a medium-sized college, which will increase its state funding by $1.1 million per year for three years.
The college is reducing its hours to a four-day summer schedule starting Monday. Both its San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses will be closed Fridays.
The summer school session will be six weeks from June 18 to July 26 and feature nearly 300 courses in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and online.The pool on the San Luis Obispo campus will be closed Fridays and weekends.
Students can register online up to the day before the first day of class as space permits. Walk-in registration is June 11 to 14 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Building N3000 at the North County campus and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Building 3100 at the campus near San Luis Obispo.
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