Administration officials address funding shortfall
November 12, 2008 3:14 PM
President Robert A. Corrigan and SF State officials met Wednesday to address another estimated $4 million in budget cuts beyond those established in September.
Though the impact on spring 2009 curriculum is currently unclear, students on academic probation and those seeking a second bachelor’s degree may not be able to enroll in classes.
The University Budget Committee held a meeting Wednesday to discuss new budget cuts and how they will impact SF State faculty and students.
The state received dramatically less revenue than expected for the first quarter of the fiscal year. This deficit will require SF State to make more cuts than September’s budget mandated initially, according to the California State University Office of the Chancellor.
Leroy Morishita, vice president and chief financial officer, said SF State might need to cut $5.9 million from its 2009 budget, significantly more than the $1.9 million anticipated previously.
“I’m not one to frighten anyone in this regard,” Corrigan said to the committee during Wednesday’s meeting. “But we’re anticipating a more severe problem than we’ve dealt with in the past.”
Academic Affairs will reveal the revised spring semester curriculum by the end of November at the latest, said Ellen Griffin, university spokesperson.
The impact of the budget cuts has already impacted enrollment for spring 2009, said Jo Volkert, associate vice president of enrollment planning and management.
Undergraduate students who have been on academic probation for at least the last four semesters will not be allowed to enroll for the spring 2009 semester, Volkert said.
Corrigan said these students must be turned away to make room for incoming eligible students.
“[Students on academic probation] are not making the appropriate progress for their degree,” Corrigan said. “They are taking the position of someone who deserves and needs a higher education.”
Volkert said e-mail notifications were sent Wednesday to the approximately 300 students who will be affected.
Volkert said those students could regain their eligibility by taking classes at the College of Extended Learning or a community college.
Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree will also be affected, said Volkert, in that they will receive the lowest priority registration.
Anticipated faculty positions will also be postponed because of budget cuts, said Corrigan.
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