Michelle Gallaga, a second -year student at Berkeley City College, hoped to take a sociology of the gender course next autumn, but when he went to register, he discovered that the class was no longer offering. She hopes to transfer to the University of California, Berkeley, to specialize in gender and women studies, but with related courses that are not available at the community school, she worries her not to be an option.
"does not" allow me to consider gender and women's studies even though I am leaning for that now, "she said. "It's a bit limiting."
Gallaga shared her disappointment at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the District of the Community College of Peralta last week. The district, which includes Berkeley City College, has reduced hundreds of sections of courses in the last two years due to the decrease in registration. The data provided by the District show 294 sections of courses cut from autumn 2020.
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"I love my community school," said Gallaga , adding that administrators must do everything possible to keep the community university as it is "and not cut classes or take teachers, especially good teachers. That's why I wanted to talk. It would be a shame."
Jennifer Shanif Ski, president of the Federation of Teachers of Peralta, the union that represents the district teachers, said that students complain that they cannot obtain the courses they want, and the attachments are afraid about your job safety. She estimates that some 250 attached instructors have lost their jobs because they were no longer necessary to teach cutting courses since the 2019-20 academic year. She said that sometimes classes are canceled a week before they begin, leaving the professors with work without work and little time to find new positions in other universities.
"I feel I receive a call or two from People crying every week," she said.
She worries that the district is in a "descending spiral", where teachers cut themselves because there are not enough students, which limits the options of the student course, frustrates them and runs the risk of the district losing More students.
"It's like this problem of self -propagation," she said. "I hope you reduce us again next year."
Jannett Jackson, an interim chancellor in the district, said that strategically cutting courses that enroll to less than 25 students is an unfortunate but necessary step to underpin the Financial Health district amid the registration decreases. Of the 56 sections of courses they cut this term, there were only three students registered by class on average, and 53 percent of the sections did not have registered students.
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registration has been falling into the four universities of the district since 2016, and with the Time, that has left the district with more instructors than necessary for the size of the student body, he said. Pandemia also affected registration, as it did in community schools throughout the country. The student's chief count fell to 27,886 this year compared to 35,689 in the 2019–20 academic year, a decrease of more than 20 percent, according to district data.
Jackson, a former part -time instructor, said that she empathizes with attachments that depended on her teaching income, but cutting sections of courses and attachments allows members of the faculty full -time to keep load Complete courses and m
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