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September 16, 2004

Report shows need for additional district facilities to meet future growth

GILROY, CA ? At Tuesday night's meeting of the Gavilan College Board of Trustees, Spencer/Hoskins Associates presented a District Growth Analysis, which looks at enrollment trends and projected growth from 2003-2030.

Their study concludes that enrollment should increase to well over 13,000 students by 2030 (from nearly 5,000 in 2003.) It also concludes that there are significant numbers of potential present-day students who are attending colleges other than Gavilan College, possibly due to the current small size of the campus and lack of air conditioning. It shows that the projected growth in the Coyote Valley will justify the need for an additional campus in the northern part of the district, and that growth trends in San Benito county may justify a campus there as well at a later date.

The study was conducted as part of the planning for facilities improvements and growth through Measure E bond funds. Earlier this year, the voters of the Gavilan Joint Community College District approved $108 million dollars in bond funding for Gavilan College facilities. As Gavilan College moves ahead with plans to update facilities and acquire property for new instructional sites, the college is undertaking a detailed study of the community?s educational needs.

In response to the new information presented by this report, Gavilan College will seek additional information from those district residents who attend other colleges, in order to identify which additional programs and services are most desired by district residents.

A task force has been set up, called the College of Choice Task Force, that will collect and analyze data from multiple sources, compare community needs with Gavilan College programs and services, and make recommendations as to changes that will help Gavilan College better serve the community. Chaired by Fran Lozano, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of Choice Task Force has a fast-track mandate, and is modeled on the successful Expenditure Reduction Task Force, which made recommendations on budget adjustments last year. Like that effort, it will be a representative committee of the college.

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