The problem with starting a new program is that there isn’t a long history to fall back on. I don’t know if I should be worried that there are no students currently registered for my classes. No, that’s not right. I don’t know if there is any reason NOT to totally panic that there are currently no students registered for my classes — two days before the semester starts!
I think what I am seeing is what is going to be a pattern for a while — assuming they keep the program open and assuming the program doesn’t really take off and start growing. In the fall we get a big group of students, most of whom need three or four ESL classes. After one semester, they need few — or even no — ESL classes. That is as it should be, the way things are set up. But the intake for the spring semester is much smaller. Usually, I guess, a higher percentage of spring students need a large number of ESL classes, but that is not the case this semester. So we cannot support the 20 hours of courses that we offer. Something is going to have to go. We are going to have to cancel classes, and things aren’t going to be pretty. That is how I am going to spend tomorrow, I’m afraid!
To me, this is cause for insecurity. All I can do is hope that I find a way to deal with it that demonstrates my leadership abilities and my flexibility. Wish me luck!