LTCC to stay on quarter schedule |

LTCC to stay on quarter schedule

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe Community College won’t be switching to a compressed semester schedule any time soon.

The LTCC Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to recommend sticking with the quarter system. Board member Karen Borges was the lone “no” vote.

“The college isn’t afraid to be unique, and it’s served us well for this long,” board member Roberta Mason said.

Out of California’s 110 community colleges, LTCC is one of only three that are on the quarter system.

Board president Kerry David said proponents for compressed semesters and quarters both made compelling arguments, which made the decision difficult.

Board member Molly Blann said unknown factors that couldn’t be quickly answered, such as how contracts would be renegotiated with faculty, made it hard to change to a new system.

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It could take almost two years before negotiations could be finalized, said Lori Gaskin, LTCC vice president of academic affairs and student services.

The board had to make a decision before May 20 because the college is switching its operational software soon, Gaskin said.

“We’re not going to change midstream,” Gaskin said. “We simply don’t have the resources, or the capacity to do that.”

The next time the issue could come up would be in about 10 years, when the operational software would be updated.