Thursday, September 13, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone Community College District
Board of Trustee Meeting
Board Actions: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Fremont, CA—Ohlone College Trustees voted unanimously to support two major Resolutions regarding Propositions on the November ballot, one favoring Proposition 30 and one opposing Proposition 32. Each of these Propositions affects Community Colleges in different ways. Proposition 30 Supports Community Colleges by staving off further budget cuts that will continue to decrease enrollment across the state. Since 2008, enrollment at Community Colleges have been declining as the state has been cutting the number of students the college could enroll.
Unlike the other entities in the public education system, Community Colleges do not receive more money by enrolling more students. Nor can they make more money by charging more in tuition. The state regulates the amount of tuition and the number of students that can be enrolled. In order to reduce spending, the state cuts a college’s budget by cutting their enrollment.
If Proposition 30 does not pass, another cut will come from the state, and Ohlone will be forced by the state to cut our enrollment by about 1,500 additional students. All other Community Colleges will be making cuts that are proportional to their budgets as well.
The second Proposition, Prop 32 which the Trustees strongly Oppose, has tried to put a stranglehold on the majority of Community College staff who are members of government employee unions. Current law allows them to do payroll deductions to support state and local politics or candidates. It is the only means that many employees have to make small, incremental contributions to their support political preferences. Prop 32 is an attempt to wipe out their ability to make those choices.
Other business at the Board meeting included a Resolution in Support of Deaf Awareness Month. Ohlone has one of the largest populations of Deaf students at a Community College and just celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Deaf Studies Program.
The Board also heard a presentation of the Final Budget for the 2011-2012 Academic Year, which was approved, and a projection for the upcoming year. Vice Presidents Ron Travenick and Jim Wright also did a presentation on the State’s change in policy regarding repeatable classes at Community Colleges.