Fall registration at Georgia Perimeter College will begin a month later then usual since a final decision has not been reached on the state’s budget.
According to Virginia Michelich, vice president for academic affairs at GPC, until the college knows how much money they will receive, they cannot determine how many faculty members can be hired, which makes planning for fall difficult.
"If we get a big hit in funding, we may have to increase faculty workload, and that will affect fall schedules. It was just common sense for us to wait a month," she said.
Registration will begin in May at which time colleges will be able to see an approved budget from the State Board of Regents which will show how much money they will receive. The proposed reductions are not nearly as drastic as those discussed in earlier sessions with legislatures which were close to $600 million in total. Cuts to GPC were estimated as high as $10 million according to a report released by the University System in February.
According to a report on the Atlanta Journal Constitution, GPC President Anthony Tricoli, who has previously assured students that GPC would not be closing, has recently participated in forums as one of the four finalists to become the new leader of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. when the school’s current president retires in June.