The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

The committee’s first topic was the new Fund 1 Budget Allocation, which is comprised of approximately one percent of Skyline College’s projected funds for fiscal year 2019-20. New funding is available in categories for new faculty full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, new classified professional full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, innovative strategies support, general operating and discretionary funds, and instructional equipment. At the last meeting on September 26, 2019, in groups, members finalized three budget scenarios that they brought back to their respective areas for discussion. Members submitted their votes at the October 10, 2019 meeting, following an opportunity to collect feedback from their constituent group.

The budget presentation can be viewed here. Scenario two was selected to be recommended to the College Governance Council meeting on the October 23, 2019 for their discussion and vote to recommend to the Interim President.

On a separate agenda item, Tri-Chair Ingrid Vargas, Dean of Planning, Research, Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness, shared enrollment trends data with the committee. The presentation documents can be viewed here.

From fall 2009 through fall 2019, the enrollment for all three colleges within the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) has been gradually declining. However, Skyline College has the largest enrollment of the three district colleges with 9,260 students enrolled as of the fall 2019 census date.

Following are enrollment trend highlights at Skyline College from fall 2009 through fall 2018:

  • Enrollment by student types (continuing students, returning students, first-time transfer students, special admit students, and first-time students) decreased in all types, except special admit students and first-time students. This trend is most likely due to an increase in dual enrollment, Middle College, and the Promise Scholars Program.
  • Enrollment by age shows an increase in the 19 or younger age group and a decrease in students aged 35 and older.
  • Enrollment by ethnicity decreased in all ethnic groups, except multi-race and Hispanic/Latinx groups.

Next meeting is Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

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