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May 6, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Due to budget cuts, the number of courses offered in the summer session at Valley-area community colleges will be reduced by as much as one-third or more, officials said. Pierce College in Woodland Hills will offer 99 classes over two six-week sessions this summer, compared with 151 courses given last summer over three sessions, a reduction of 34.4%, according to the school's academic affairs office. Mission College, which has scheduled one summer session from June 22 through Aug.
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May 3, 1998 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversy buffeting South County's two community colleges is eroding financial support from charitable donors and corporate giving, a crucial and growing avenue of support for community colleges statewide. Tentative figures show the amount of money raised by the Irvine Valley College Foundation sagged 10% to $611,000 from fiscal 1996 to 1997, when an administrative shake-up occurred and public controversy first began.
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April 25, 1998 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the South Orange County Community College District hastened to offer assurances Friday that educational quality is being maintained and that accreditation is not at risk as students threatened to leave the district to attend other colleges. "I want to assure the public, students and faculty that we'll maintain the highest standards," John S. Williams, the board president, said at a news conference.
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April 24, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The new board president of the Los Angeles Community College District unveiled a wide reorganization plan Thursday that would shift decision-making power over everything from budgets to curriculum from the central office to the district's nine campuses. Board President Elizabeth Garfield said decentralization is needed to save the district from being choked to death by "a centralized bureaucracy [that] stifles the creativity and flexibility of the colleges."
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March 22, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of tough talk, some trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District wilted under employee pressure and refused last week to eliminate 17 clerical jobs from district headquarters, drawing criticism from campuses already forced to cut classes and calling into question efforts to reform the financially troubled system. Cutting the positions would have trimmed about $500,000 a year from the cost of operating the district's downtown headquarters.
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March 19, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Community College District has asked employees to take a one-week unpaid furlough to help ease its budget crisis, but the acting chancellor said he did not expect the unions to agree to the request. "I would be plenty surprised if anyone agreed to have a week furlough," said Chancellor James Heinselman, who has been running the besieged nine-college district since December when its former chancellor resigned suddenly to take another job.
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March 5, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Labor unions representing employees of the Los Angeles Community College District have refused a plea to reopen contract talks with the cash-strapped district, saying they were not to blame for its projected $13.1 million deficit. "We did not create the deficit," said Yvonne Owens, president of the Staff Guild at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday. "We were in negotiations 1 1/2 years to get a settlement. To ask now to reopen, we just wouldn't."
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March 4, 1998 | TOM BECKER
To raise money to improve its teleconference classroom, Mission College is hosting a golf tournament. Officials hope the tournament, scheduled April 6, will generate $80,000 for the purchase of much-needed equipment for the highly touted but rarely used facility. "Right now, we have this great resource but we can't use it because we don't have what we need," said James Russell, associate dean of student services. He said the equipment now in the center is too low-tech.
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February 27, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The president of Mission College has called a campuswide meeting to discuss the possible ramifications of the Los Angeles Community College District's projected $13-million budget deficit. The purpose of the meeting is to give Mission's faculty and staff a chance to voice their concerns about the financial crisis and contribute ideas about how the Sylmar college and the district as a whole might cut expenses and raise revenues, Mission President William Norlund said.
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February 26, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Community College Board moved to reduce its $13.1-million budget shortfall Wednesday, voting to save $4.5 million by freezing expenses and firing temporary employees, including some student workers. To further pare the projected deficit, which has threatened the district's standing with the state chancellor's office, the board announced its intention to seek concessions from the powerful unions that represent teachers, administrative and maintenance workers.
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