Butte College began its Spring Semester on Monday, January 23. To date, 11,733 students have enrolled in the Spring 2012 term, down about 5.7 percent. Due to budget cuts, the college has reduced 128 class sections compared to Spring 2011.
"While our enrollment tends to fluctuate during the first week of school, most classes are full and have waiting lists," said Al Renville, Butte College Vice President of Student Services.
Renville said 1,310 classes will be offered this semester at the main campus, Chico Center, and Glenn County Center.
Butte College has made reductions to close a $6.5 million shortfall in funding for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. In reaction to the state budget crisis, Butte College cut 11 courses from its Fall 2011 semester and 128 classes for Spring 2012 semester. Reductions to service levels have also been made and the College did not offer a Winter Session in January 2012.
"We are asking students to have patience with us during the first week of school as students are waiting in longer lines for student services such as financial aid, admissions or counseling," said Renville.
Renville said a special "student scheduling assistance center" will be set up on the first floor of the Student and General Services Building to assist students with admissions questions, dropping classes or answering waitlist questions.
The college will again offer "Ask Me" tables organized by faculty and staff at the main campus to assist in answering any questions students may have, including directions to specific buildings, providing a campus map, or distribution of bus schedules.
"We are deeply concerned about the state budget crisis and the impact it has on our students," said Renville. "We continue to make every effort to provide the best possible education and supportive services that funding will allow. We are very hopeful that the economy will improve and that we will be able to restore access and services as it does."