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Fewer Courses, Fewer Students for Spring Semester at Bakersfield College

Enrollment continues to drop in the wake of ongoing budget challenges for Bakersfield College. Despite the passage of Proposition 30, fewer course offerings resulted in more waitlists and fewer students to start the spring 2013 semester, with an enrollment decrease of more than six percent over spring 2012.

In addition, 94 fewer courses were scheduled for this semester, down to 1,520 from last spring's course offerings. Class offerings have been refined and restructured to focus on core and transfer disciplines such as mathematics, sciences, and English, in order to better allocate available financial resources and return Bakersfield College to focused core offerings which promote degree, certificate, and transfer completion.

"Bakersfield College continues to work to determine the most appropriate set of courses which will provide educational opportunities which meet the needs of students," said Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College. Dr. Christian assumed her role as Bakersfield College president in January 2013.

While the majority of Spring 2013 classes are full, students interested in attending Bakersfield College can check online at and click on "Class Schedule" to see a list of open classes by running an "Advanced Search" under Spring 2013. Classes that started after the first day of school or which meet at non-peak times are most likely to be available.

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