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February 22, 2013

CCC students, faculty concerned about lost opportunities

PLATTSBURGH — Members of the Clinton Community College community expressed concerns this week that the planned 2013-14 layoffs will negatively affect the institution and its students.

“I keep hoping that we’ll wake up from this nightmare, that the decision-makers here will come to their senses and realize this is no way to run a college,” CCC English professor Vicky Sloan told the college’s Board of Trustees at a recent meeting.

The college announced in November that it would eliminate the positions of 10 faculty and staff members as a means of bridging an anticipated $600,000 gap in the budget for next academic year.

LOSS OF CLASSES

Several individuals addressed the board during the meeting, saying the positions tagged for elimination actually generate revenue for the college.

Faculty Association President Catherine Eloranto presented the board with a document showing calculations prepared by the association, which estimate that, after salaries and benefits, the teachers who are tagged for layoff next year will have generated $204,763 in revenue for the college in 2012-13.

Others stated that, as a result of the layoffs, several course sections will be eliminated next school year, making it difficult for many students to graduate on time.

According to data presented by Eloranto, the college’s schedule for the upcoming fall semester will include 38 percent fewer sections of fine-arts classes; 25 percent fewer sections of accounting and business courses; a 44 percent reduction in history, geography and political-science courses; and 55 percent fewer sections of health and physical-education classes.

Of the 426 humanities and social-science majors at CCC who are required to take a fine-arts course, Sloan said, 36 are planning to do so in the upcoming semester.

“The college will be offering only a course in darkroom photography and a course in theater performance,” she told the board. “Many of these 36 potential graduates will not find a course available and therefore will not be able to finish their degrees on time.”

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