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Superintendent/President Message

September 10, 2012

Greetings to the Southwestern Faculty, Staff, and Management Team,

Back to School—By the Numbers
We have 20,286 students enrolled for the fall—a 2% increase over last year. Our FTES estimate is 7,369. We’re one of the few community colleges in the county that is experiencing enrollment increases. Mesa, Grossmont, Cuyamaca, Palomar and San Diego City colleges are all reporting declines in enrollment.

Thanks to our department chairs, deans and VPAA Kathy Tyner, our efficiency rate is also on the rise. We targeted a 93% seat fill rate, as of Monday September 10, we’re at 93.6%.  We will keep you updated with the actual census enrollment and seat fill numbers as the semester progresses.

All these indicators continue to demonstrate the value the South County places in the education we provide for our students. It also demonstrates the demands on our time and talent in this tough economy.

As discussed in previous columns, it will be important to help educate our community about Proposition 30—Governor Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to temporarily increase the sales tax by a quarter of a percent (0.25%) and increase taxes for those Californians who earn more than $250,000. Prop. 30 is expected to generate $6 billion in new funds to support public education, including community colleges, and public safety services.

Our Governing Board will be discussing a resolution in support of Proposition 30 at their meeting this Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Commemorating 9-11
The Associated Student Organization will hold a commemorative ceremony Tuesday morning to mark the 11th anniversary of 9-11.

The hour-long ceremony will include student speeches, a moment of silence and a ringing of the bell in honor of those who perished that day.

The ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheater at the Student Center.

Vice Presidents/Police Chief Welcome Reception
Please join us at the reception to formally welcome Steve Crow, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs; Dr. Albert Román, Vice President of Human Resources; Kathy Tyner, Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Michael Cash, Chief of Police.

The reception will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon on the patio at Mayan Hall. Please stop by and cool off with some ice cream.