February 23rd, 2009. 1 comment (comments are closed)
EFFECT OF SYSTEM WIDE IMPACTION ON STUDENT TRANSFER TO SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
The CSU’s declared a system wide impaction on November 20th, 2008. The effect of this impaction is being felt most significantly by students who applied for Fall 2009 transfer to San Jose State University. Here is an update from a Transfer Center Directors Regional meeting:
In the last 2 years, San Jose state found itself 12% over CSU’s enrollment target. On November 20th, San Jose State was required to reduce its student count to what it should be. SJSU in essence was asked to make a 2 year reduction in two weeks. By then, 2/3 of the students had gone through the admissions process and had received admissions notices. SJSU reps discussed how they would make this happen and decided that rescinding admissions of students already admitted was not the best option. Here is what they decided to do:
- For students who applied November 20th and after (yes, November 20th is the correct date!), local students who meet admissions requirements would be admitted, students outside of the Santa Clara district would be placed on a waiting list.
- Students who applied before November 19th who cleared admissions will be honored (including TAA’s)and will be receiving their admissions packets will be received their admissions packet on March 15th (packets go out on this date).
- Students who have been placed on a waiting list can expect to hear from San Jose State beginning March 1st.
- Students placed on a waitlist status have been informed of their status, have been told to monitor their sjsu.edu account, and to consider a plan “B”.
- Of the students on the waitlist, admissions decisions will be based on a gpa threshold (e.g. students with “X” gpa or higher). Admissions decisions will not be based on major.
- Some, all, or no student will be offered admissions.
- Students whose have been denied admissions at this point will have the option of having their application routed to CSU East Bay. You can visit the website at CSU EASTBAY . The application fee will be waived for students as they have already paid for it when they submitted their application to SJSU.
No decisions have been made both for Spring 2010 or Fall 2010. SJSU will be open for the initial filing period only (August 1st – August 31st). For the Fall, it is possible that they will be open for Santa Clara county residents and that those outside of the area will be placed on a waiting list. SJSU has submitted a proposal for impaction status for Fall 2010. No decisions are likely until the summer before the start of the Fall semester.
Recommendations For Students:
Students who have plans on applying to SJSU for the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 semesters
- Meet With Your Counselor
- Apply Early
- Have a Plan B
- Have a Well Thought Out Plan B!
Filed under: California State Universities, College Students, Transfer. Tagged: BA, California Community College, College Students, CSU Impaction, Transfer
February 20th, 2009. 0 comments
Earlier this week, after 45.5 hours in “lockdown,” the State Senate finally broke its impasse and approved a budget package addressing the state’s fiscal crisis. The Assembly passed the budget package shortly thereafter, sending it to the Governor for signature. The package covers both the current year (2008-09) and the budget year (2009-10) and contains significant budget cuts and new taxes impacting every sector of the budget and giving every constituency something to hate.
Highlights of the budget package just passed by the Legislature are provided below.
$41 Billion in budget solutions (2008-09 and 2009-10, combined):
- $15.8 billion in expenditure reductions, including $13.3 billion in cuts and $1.8 billion in other reductions (delays, fund shifts)
- $14.4 billion in temporary tax increases
- $11.4 billion in borrowing
- $1 billion reserve
California Community Colleges, current year (2008-09):
- $39.8 million cut to eliminate the 0.68 COLA
- $3.6 million reduction to capture unspent prior-year funds
- $4 million cut to mandate payments
- $340 million in apportionment funding deferred from January, February, March, and April to be repaid in July (this replaces the existing $245 million deferral that was added to the community college budget in 2008-09). This new deferral is likely to be a permanent feature of our budget.
- Delay repayment of existing $200 million June-to-July deferral, now to be repaid in October. This change is assumed to be permanent.
California Community Colleges, budget year (2009-10):
- No COLA
- $185.4 million augmentation to fund 3 percent enrollment growth
- The budget does not include categorical flexibility provisions for the colleges
- The budget does not include student fee increases
- The budget does not include other policy changes that have been discussed in recent weeks (property tax shortfall protection, lowering funding rates for certain courses, etc.) Such policy proposals will be heard in policy committees or budget hearings during the Spring.
- The budget maintains funding for the Cal Grant program. The proposal to eliminate new Competitive Cal Grants was rejected.
Filed under: Budget. Tagged: Budget, Cal Grants, Community Colleges, Funding, Grants, Taxes
February 19th, 2009
I wanted to remind everyone that Friday, March 6, 2009 is the deadline to petition for your Associates Degree and/ or Certificate. This is important for those students who are preparing to finish all course work by the end of this Spring ’09 semester. Here is an outline of the steps you should do to ensure your graduation and degree is complete:
- Pick up a blue Petition For An AA/AS Degree from from the Admissions and Records office.
- If you are completing a Certificate, pick up a yellow Petition For A Certificate form from the Admission and Records office.
- Fill out the student section of that form.
- Make an appointment with a counselor to review and drop off your petition.
- Upon completion of the petition in its entirety and having all requirements met, you will be walking with your other classmates recognizing your achievements after completing your AA/AS degree.
If you have any questions about graduation, AA/AS degrees, Certificates, or petitioning to complete any one of these items, then come into the counseling center located on the second floor of BCC. Counselors are available through walk in counseling session or via appointments. If you are having trouble getting here during the week, we are open Saturday’s from 9-1. If you have trouble coming in at all, feel free to call us at the front desk at (510) 981-5036.
You can always drop me a line here and I will respond as soon as I get a chance.
I wish all of you the best of luck and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t wait till the last minute to get your petitions in. Come in early so we can take care of any class waivers, petitions, substitutions and the other things that may come up when completing your petition to graduate or for your certificate.
Today’s Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
Filed under: BCC Students, Graduation. Tagged: AA degrees, AS degrees, Certificates, Counseling Appointments, Graduation
February 11th, 2009. 1 comment
I’d like to welcome everyone to my blog. I’ve wanted to create a website to be able to communicate with students on a level that is outside of your traditional office or building. I’m not really sure where I want to take this blog. My initial thought was to create an outlet of information for students to have outside of the conventional counseling center. I also had thoughts to provide success tips and strategies, transferring help, and other topics on this blog. This may also be helpful in getting to know me a little better for those that haven’t had a chance to meet me.
If you have any ideas, please feel free to drop me a line on my contact page.
Filed under: Welcome. Tagged: Berkeley City College, Counselor, Welcome