Every so often I get word of a question swirling around campus.¬† These things seem to take on a life of their own.¬† I would like to take an opportunity to clear up a few rumors that I have heard recently:
There are a number of community colleges throughout the state that are either canceling summer school outright or making reductions of 50% or more.¬† I am happy to report that CSM is not one of those schools. We will need to reduce our offerings by about 15% due to the budget crisis. Our online summer schedule will be out the week of March 1; priority summer registration begins April 21 and for general summer registration, May 22.¬† Register as soon as you can because many students who were planning to take summer classes at other colleges will be heading our way.
I understand that it is difficult to see us spend millions on construction when we are not able to offer students all the classes or services that they need.¬† Here is why we must continue our construction projects:¬† the voters of San Mateo County passed a bond measure in 2005 for the explicit purpose of renovating and/or building new buildings at CSM, Skyline, and Canada College.¬† By law, we must use these funds for construction projects.¬† Our construction projects are ‚Äúon budget and on time.‚ÄĚ¬† Furthermore, we have a Bond Oversight Committee, comprised of community leaders, to make sure that we are spending our construction dollars wisely.¬† Finally, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury has cited our construction program as a model program.
Our current enrollment fee for resident students is $26/unit. ¬†I hear from some that we should raise the enrollment fee to offset the lost revenues from the state. I hear from others that school is too expensive already because of textbook costs and transportation.¬† Regardless of how you feel, CSM has no control over the enrollment fee. This amount is set by the state and is the same for all California Community Colleges.¬† It is likely that the fee will be increased in the future.
Furthermore, CSM does not keep student enrollment fees.¬† The bulk of the fee is forwarded to the state.¬† Finally, the enrollment fee does not cover the real cost of educating students.¬† A full-time student taking 30 units per year will pay an enrollment fee of $780 ($26 x 30 units).¬† However, it costs about $4,500 to educate that same student.¬† The difference is paid for by the taxpayers.¬† If you are struggling to keep up with the costs of education, let us help.¬† Please visit collegeofsanmateo.edu/finaid for more information.
Let me know what other questions you have or tell me about what you are hearing on campus. I will try my best to answer your questions and concerns.