Winter Quarter Greetings
Jan. 11, 2013 — Message from Brian Murphy
Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and an excellent start to the winter quarter.
The quarter has begun well for the college, with additional high-demand classes available for our students and enrollment at De Anza up by about 2 percent. I want to thank the many faculty and staff who worked so hard to bring more students to the college and into classes, and who are always dedicated to helping our students succeed. The enrollment recovery is extremely welcome.
Yesterday’s message from Chancellor Thor, regarding the planned postponement of layoffs until June 30, represents good news for the college, both for our colleagues facing layoff and for our students. Neither our enrollment increase nor the governor's budget eliminates the structural deficit of the district, but the number of eliminated positions will be significantly fewer than originally planned thanks to the passage of Proposition 30. But "fewer" is not "none," and we will grieve the loss of any of our colleagues. Both the college and the district will be working closely with our affected colleagues and their employee groups in the months ahead.
Again, my deep and sincere thanks to you for your hard work in enrolling and keeping our students. It was wonderful to come to campus on Monday and see faculty, staff and students at the welcome tables, giving directions and information about open courses, and providing the kind of personalized attention students so deserve. It makes a difference.