Cancellations cause student frustrations

Justine Schulz

One of the tasks a college student faces before the beginning of each semester is the strategic planning of their class schedule. Each student must log onto Reg-e to fulfill the task of choosing and registering for the classes they need.

Due to budget cuts and low enrollment, 41 classes were cancelled this semester at San Diego City College. Students who were caught in this turn of events were advised to crash and/or add other classes.

Ivany Villalobos, a TV and film production major, expressed via email how the cancellation of classes affected him.

“I was pretty annoyed at the fact that they cancelled the class on the second day,” Villalobos said via email. “The class meets once a week Wednesdays, so I thought it was rude the school would shut it down so quickly.”

He said he enrolled in Radio Television and Film (RTVF) 121 due to the credibility of the class and the success stories he has personally seen and heard from the students who have taken it at City College.

“The last day to add/drop a class was to be that Friday. I felt that it was unfair to me that the class was cancelled so quickly,” Villalobos continued.

Villalobos explained how he and a few of his angered classmates asked to speak with Vice President Renee Kilmer at her office about the predicament. The secretary informed them about the minimum student requirement needed in order for classes to continue. They managed to speak with Kilmer on the phone.

“She made it seem that we wouldn’t get the class back because of financial budget reasons,” Villalobos said via email.

Fortunately, RTVF 121 was reinstated a week later and Villalobos managed to re-enroll in the class.

He said he hopes that future students do not have to deal with the stressful process of having to re-enroll for reinstated classes.

Out of 41 classes that were cancelled this semester, 35 were reinstated. Students whose classes were cancelled were told to look for replacement classes or classes that were equivalent to the cancelled class.

Such is the case with Zachary Andrews, a theater major. He registered for Drama 107, the Study of Filmed Plays. The class was dropped from the schedule due to low enrollment.

“We were trying to add the class and pay for it, then it just wasn’t available,” Andrews said. “I went to class the following day and the teacher never showed up, we were never notified in emails.”

Andrews said about 10 people were in the class and the professor showed up 45 minutes later and informed them that the class was cancelled. The class was not reinstated and students had to crash classes that had a similar curriculum.

Andrews said he believes that classes should be advertised better in order for students to have ample amount of time to register for classes they are interested in and prevent classes from being cancelled due to low enrollment.

Villalobos and Andrews’ experiences shed light on a student’s perspective in regards to the cancellation of classes this semester. The situation varies differently for students who were affected by this incident due to different education plans.