Navigating the "Class and Services Crunch"

MSJC students are experiencing difficulty in finding available classes and will continue to experience this “class and services crunch” through 2010!

Why can’t students enroll in classes?

  • Unprecedented growth/MSJC was the 2nd fastest growing Community College in the nation (2008) and that growth continues into 2009/2010
  • Largest budget cuts in state and college’s history($5 million to MSJC)/college is forced to reduce number of sections offered

What is the college doing to address budget cuts?

  • Cut other area budgets to increase instructional budget
  • Hire only essential positions
  • Reduce employee overtime
  • Reduce Child Development Center work year
  • Eliminate non-essential travel
  • Implement 4-10 work schedules for summer
  • Reduce summer course offerings
  • Reduce fall course offerings by cutting 72 sections.  (working with the Faculty and utilizing efficiency measures, MSJC has been able to increase seats to the remaining sections and actually add 338 seats to the fall offerings compared to last year)             

Fee Increase from $20 per unit to $26 per unit

  • State Legislature controls the per-unit enrollment fee charged by Community Colleges. The Legislature voted in July 2009 to increase the fees
  • Unit fees will be reassessed at the new amount and payment will be collected retroactively
  • No action is required until you receive a bill from MSJC (we will notify students of additional retroactive fees due for fall 2009)

Students who have applied and qualified for a Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGW) for 2009-10 do not need to take any action as the fee increase will be automatically covered.

Who Can You Talk To?

Mt. San Jacinto College apologizes for any hardship this may cause.  As in previous financially difficult times Mt. San Jacinto College remains committed to serving our students.  Through strategic planning and effective communication we will strive to minimize the impact of these budget challenges on our students. 

Tips to help you get into classes and be successful:

  • Be very flexible when selecting and registering for classes.  Afternoon and night classes are more likely to have available seats.
  • Explore MSJC classes being offered at different locations.  Consider taking an MSJC class at the San Jacinto or Menifee Valley campuses, the Temecula Education Complex or at high schools in the Banning/Beaumont, Temecula or Lake Elsinore areas.
  • Make college a priority over your job/work schedule.  If you can get into a class at a time that conflicts with your usual job schedule, consider explaining the situation to your employer to see if your work can be flexed around the class.
  • Always attend the first day of class and BE ON TIME to avoid being dropped from the class.
  • Avoid dropping or withdrawing from a high-demand class once you get in. Be aware that “Ws” count against you and you may not get another opportunity to take that class.
  • Make full use of available student and instructional support services. MSJC offers a wide range of services that can assist in your academic success. Services include counseling, tutoring, library services, transfer center and MORE.
    See http://www.msjc.edu/studentservices.

 

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