GLENDALE ? Faced with nearly a 5% enrollment dip, Glendale Community College's controller wants to use summer session enrollment to count toward the 2005-06 fiscal year's attendance numbers, in an attempt to preserve about $1.3 million in state funding.
The college traditionally uses summer session enrollment in budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year, but after losing the equivalent of 744 students from the 2004-05 year, college officials are trying to maintain funding levels. The college receives $3,500 per full-time equivalent student.
If the college board approves controller Ron Nakasone's recommendation, he would seek a strategy to "grow out" of the decline through marketing campaigns, building a larger reserve fund and hoping a new parking structure and allied health facilities ? which will be complete in the fall of 2007 ? will attract more students.