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CCC Board of Trustees declares financial exigency

During its monthly meeting on July 17, the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees passed a resolution in an 8 to 1 vote declaring financial exigency.

The declaration follows the board’s approval of a conservative budget of $30.32 million last month. That budget goes before Cayuga County Legislature for approval July 23.

In declaring financial exigency, the college may lay off employees to close the gap between projected revenues and projected expenditures.

“After all the cuts and reductions made thus far, we must turn to our personnel costs in order to balance the budget,” said President Daniel P. Larson. “Depending upon enrollment, we’ll know how much needs to be done.”

Personnel costs represent nearly 80 percent of college expenditures. In order to find sufficient budgetary reductions, the college will have to decrease expenditures in that area.

Some savings can be found in retirements, attrition, and modifications of part-time hours. For example, if the college has fewer students, it will not need to hire as many adjunct professors. Layoffs are another possibility.

With seven weeks before the start of the fall semester, enrollment data indicates that the college is currently at 80.9 percent of fall 2012 final full-time equivalent and 1.16 percent below where enrollment was at the same time last year.

These numbers will continue to change until the final fall FTE numbers are recorded for late-start courses.

“We will keep our students and our educational mission at the heart of our decisions,” Larson said. “Our goal remains to deliver the highest quality education and support to our diverse student body population as we move forward in righting the fiscal challenges facing the college.”

Earlier this year, the college announced it needed to reduce expenditures of its $32.36 million operating budget by approximately $1.5 million before the end of the fiscal year on Aug. 31 to help make up for an unexpected five percent enrollment decrease.

Approximately 90 percent of college revenue is tied to student enrollment, so dramatic fluctuations in enrollment have a significant impact on the budget.

Last fall, senior leaders and budget managers identified more than $778,000 in savings through employee retirements, operating budget reductions, cuts to travel, and reductions in part-time employee hours.

In spring, three of the four bargaining units at the College as well as managerial and confidential employees, executive staff, and the president accepted furlough days and helped close the budget gap for this year. While gains have been made in closing the budgetary gap for 2012-13, there is still a gap of approximately $400,000.

The college will honor the agreements that they reached with three of the bargaining units: Maintenance and Custodial Group, Educational Support Professionals, and the Administrative Professionals Group.

Those agreements guarantee no layoffs of the groups’ employees through Dec. 31.

 

CCC tuition targeted to increase 3.5 percent

by Andrew Henderson

Students at Cayuga Community College in Fulton might have to dig deeper in their pockets next year.

During its meeting Wednesday, the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees approved the college’s 2013-14 budget, which includes a 3.5 percent, or approximately $140 a year, increase in tuition.

The 2013-14 annual tuition will be $4,090 for full-time students, and the part-time rate will be $165 per credit.

The $30.32 million budget represents a 6.3 percent decrease over last year’s $32.36 million budget and is based on an enrollment goal of 2,900 full-time equivalents, which represents an approximately 7.5 percent decrease in the actual number of 3,137 in 2012-13.

“In response to budgetary and enrollment shortfalls during the 2012-13 year, we have put together a fiscally conservative budget that is based on an expectation of lower enrollment than we experienced during the country’s economic recession a few years ago,” said college President Daniel P. Larson.

“As the economy picks up, more people find work and put off going to college or become part-time rather than full-time students,” he continued. “Cayuga, like peers across the country, experienced record growth during the economic recession and we’ve seen that taper off. Based on that information, we needed to scale back our enrollment expectations and operating budget, and I believe this budget incorporates those changes.”

This year, the college needed to reduce expenditures of its $32.36 million operating budget by approximately $1.5 million before the end of the fiscal year Aug. 31 to help make up for a five-percent enrollment decrease.

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Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

Cayuga Community College celebrates new Fulton campus

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus. The new location is the fourth — and final — home for the college.

by Carol Thompson

Cayuga Community College hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in celebration of the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus.

The new location at the former Kmart Plaza is the fourth — and final — home for the college, Dr. Daniel P. Larson, president of Cayuga Community College told those in attendance.

The ceremony marks the completion of the nine-month, $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus.

The first course work in nursing was offered in Mexico in 1979 and in 1994, the first campus was located at the Fulton Education Center. The college moved to the former Holy Family school building and in 2001 moved to the leased campus on West Broadway.

The college foundation has purchased the remaining part of the River Glen Plaza so over time the campus can move into the storefronts, Dr. Larson said.

Athletic fields and student housing are the vision for the future on 45 additional acres that have been purchased.

“We want you to know that our doors are open to the entire community,” Dr. Larson noted.

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, said she couldn’t say enough about the project as she congratulated all those involved with bringing the project to fruition.

Matt Driscoll spoke on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “On behalf of Governor Cuomo, congratulations and thank you for your investment in our collective future,” he said.

Assemblyman Will Barclay said it is a very proud day for the City of Fulton and he congratulated all involved.

“You really ought to be very proud of yourself,” he said.

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Cayuga Community College to dedicate new Fulton campus

by Andrew Henderson

The nine-month transformation from a vacant grocery store to a state-of-the-art college campus has been completed.

Cayuga Community College will host a dedication and ribbon cutting Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of construction at its new Fulton Campus at River Glen, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton.

Friday’s ceremony will mark the completion of the $16.1 million construction of the 82,150-square-foot campus in the former P&C grocery store.

In late August, the campus opened its doors to 1,100 students who are currently enrolled at the Fulton site.

For more than 30 years, Cayuga Community College has offered coursework in Oswego County, beginning with nursing courses in 1979 at the Mexico BOCES.

In 1994, the college began offering liberal arts classes in rented classrooms in downtown Fulton.

In 2001, the college moved into 50,000 square feet in the Fulton Commons mall on Broadway to educate the 500 students then enrolled.

In fewer than 10 years, student enrollment at the Fulton Campus more than doubled, reaching a total of 1,256 students in 2010.

During weekday peak times, classroom utilization was at 100 percent and fell just to 85 to 90 percent during the slow times.

After a year of investigating possible sites, the college purchased the former P&C building in the River Glen Plaza.

This site adjoined an additional 28,690 square feet of storefront space immediately available for rental.

In the spring of 2011, the college, through its local sponsor Cayuga County, purchased the P&C property as well as 45 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the River Glen Plaza.

A few months later, the College Foundation formed the CCCF River Glen Holdings, the non-profit subsidiary, to purchase the major portion of the River Glen property in Fulton.

The foundation invested $9.4 million to become the owner of the 25-acres plaza and the 124,000 square feet of storefronts.

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A delegation from North Maharashtra University in India toured the Cayuga Community College Fulton campus Thursday to kick off a 10-day visit to the region to explore joint degrees and faculty and student exchange programs with CCC. Pictured from left are Maggie Killoran, associate vice president/dean of the Fulton Campus; Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta; Dr. Dilip Hundiwale; Cheryl Anderson Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment; Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar; and Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari.

CCC and Indian university sort out agreement

A delegation from North Maharashtra University in India toured the Cayuga Community College Fulton campus Thursday to kick off a 10-day visit to the region to explore joint degrees and faculty and student exchange programs with CCC. Pictured from left are Maggie Killoran, associate vice president/dean of the Fulton Campus; Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta; Dr. Dilip Hundiwale; Cheryl Anderson Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment; Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar; and Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari.

by Nicole Reitz

Four professors from North Maharashtra University in India visited Cayuga Community College in Fulton last Thursday to begin sorting out the agreement both institutions signed in March — a partnership that will open the door for international academic collaborations and exchanges.

Members of the Cayuga campus community have visited India multiple times in recent years to establish relationships with Indian universities.

In the spring, Cayuga Community College President Daniel Larson, Dean of Enrollment Management Cheryl Lindsay, and Professor Jeff Delbel made a 10-day trip to India where they discussed collaborations with two Indian universities: North Maharashtra University and Nagpur University.

Together, the institutions came up with the framework for a college course that would allow Cayuga Community College students to study in India.

Cayuga will offer its first travel study program to India during the spring 2013 semester. The three-credit Eastern Philosophy course is a hybrid class and will start with online learning first. It  will include readings and discussions of religions.

The travel piece of the course will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey Delbel and will provide students with the opportunity to embark on a 10-day excursion throughout India.

Students will see a variety of cities, including Delhi, Agra and Varanasi, the oldest city in the world, considered to be the most holy in India.

In order to understand the governance structures of Cayuga Community College better, Dr. Dillip Hundiwale, Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari,  Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar and Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta toured the new campus, located at 11 River Glen Drive in Fulton.

Over the course of their 10-day visit, the Indian delegation will learn more about the community college’s delivery methods, tuition and fees, and academic culture.

While details are still being finalized, representative from North Maharashtra University estimate that 10 students per semester will be able to enroll in the course.

There are many differences between American and Indian colleges. India is about one-third the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populated country in the world.

The sheer number of Indian students enrolling in higher education surpasses that of the United States.

NMU has six schools (physical, chemical, life, mathematical, environmental, and social sciences) and 11 academic departments on campus. There are more than 200 colleges and 37 institutes affiliated to the university and this number grows yearly.

With professors in India teaching to the masses, the make up of the classroom is much different than it is at CCC.

Students in India start at a four-year college and finish with their bachelor’s degree at the same university. The concept of switching majors and transferring credits, a common practice at universities in America, is foreign.

“For North Maharashtra University to transfer in credits from Cayuga Community College is a brand new. They are pioneering this concept,” said Cheryl Anderson-Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment.

As it stands now, it is difficult for an Indian student to move between colleges and programs.

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Pictured is the view from the second floor at the new Cayuga Community College Fulton campus, located on River Glen Drive. The second floor student development suite looks down into the first floor learning commons. The college intends to open for business at the new campus Monday, Aug. 13.

CCC to temporarily close to accommodate move

Pictured is the view from the second floor at the new Cayuga Community College Fulton campus, located on River Glen Drive. The second floor student development suite looks down into the first floor learning commons. The college intends to open for business at the new campus Monday, Aug. 13.

by Nicole Reitz

Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus members have been busily packing and preparing for the move from the current campus at 806 West Broadway to the new campus at 11 River Glen Drive, along Route 481.

To accommodate the move, both the Broadway and River Glen campuses in Fulton will be closed to students and community members  Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10.

The campus will re-open for business Monday, Aug. 13 at the River Glen location.

College employees will not be available via e-mail, phone or in person during the move. Staff members will respond to any missed e-mails and phone calls upon their return Aug. 13.

At that time, faculty will also be happy to meet with new students and visitors in the new campus building.

The move is the culmination of more than seven months of construction on the former P&C grocery store.

The $16 million project offers 82,150 square feet, including a second floor with 31,000 more square feet.

The new site also expands the campuses learning commons, a central hub that brings together the library, academic resources, computers and flexible work spaces for students.

The building will include 13 more classrooms, and doubles the amount of space for full-time faculty offices.

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Cayuga Community College tuition to increase two percent

by Andrew Henderson

The Cayuga County Legislature recently approved Cayuga Community College’s 2012-2013 budget, which includes a 3.4 percent, or approximately $130 a year, increase in tuition.

The 2012-13 annual tuition will be $3,950 for full-time students and the part-time rate will be $160 per credit. The student fees remain unchanged.

The $32.36 million college budget represents a 5.19-percent increase over last year, which is the result of the new Fulton campus in Oswego County and the fact that 80 percent of the operating expenditures are fixed costs. These expenditures include such items as heating, electrical, water, insurance, rent, and employee salary and benefit contractual obligations.

“We have done our best to propose a fiscally sound budget that keeps the college moving forward while acknowledging the investment made by Cayuga County taxpayers,” said CCC President Daniel Larson. “We are pleased to see that the county has approved the budget, including an increase in its direct allocation to us. We know from economic impact studies that for every dollar invested in the college, taxpayers will see a return with a cumulative added value of $3.30 in the form of higher tax revenues and avoided social savings costs.”

The Cayuga County Legislature approved the college’s operating budget for 2012-13 with a two-percent increase — or approximately $56,830 — in its local sponsor contribution.  This is the first increase in three years. The total direct contribution by Cayuga County now will be $2,898,345 for 2012-13.

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