Funding Cuts Result in Eliminating Classes at Concord
Athens, W.Va. - Due to cuts in the current year’s funding from the State of West Virginia, Concord College is eliminating some classes scheduled for this semester with 10 or fewer students in Athens and Beckley. Twenty six classes are being cut in Athens and four are being cut in Beckley.
“The numbers are just coming in,” stated Dr. Dean Turner, Vice President and Academic Dean. “As of January 16 at 9:13 a.m., we had a list of 52 courses with fewer than 10 students per class. The classes were taught as overloads or by adjunct faculty. We had discussions with division chairs with a goal to eliminate classes that did not affect students who are graduating this spring. Many of the classes we eliminated are elective. The current list includes two classes in Business, three in Education and Human Performance, 17 in Fine Arts, four in Language and Literature, two in Natural Science, two in Social Science and one Honor’s class.
“The State’s cuts in funding to the College are affecting 132 students. Remember, however, that one student could be in two or more of the affected classes so they would be counted twice in this list.
“The College will save about $35,000 by cutting these classes. We are under a directive to reduce this fiscal year’s budget by 3.4 percent, which is over $300,000. The cut for fiscal year 2003-2004 is estimated to be $1.8 million. Academic programs and services to the students will be adversely affected.
“I’d anticipate minimum effects on our enrollment numbers because all institutions in the State are facing budget cuts and will have to raise tuition to make ends meet. Moreover, institutions in other states have been under budget reductions for quite a while. Comparatively, West Virginia is dealing with budget cuts now, where our neighbors began dealing with similar issues a year ago. I think you’ll find,” concluded Dr. Turner, “that costs to students who attend Concord, even after tuition and fee increases, will continue to be a bargain.”
Concord President Jerry Beasley: “Concord focuses on academic rigor and our alumni continue to tell us about classes from professors who held them to high standards. We want to focus on serving today’s students with the kind of service that our alumni remember receiving. We have a loyal and dedicated group of supporters who want Concord College to continue to excel in providing the kind of education that prepares leaders for every field important to the future of West Virginia.
“In addition, we are committed to focusing on helping every student from southeastern West Virginia and meeting the continued education needs of professionals in education, business and social work. Appropriate support from the State and from the College’s supporters will directly determine our ability to serve.”