Reductions in CSU enrollment continues
CSU officials to send next year's budget request to trustees next week.
November 10, 2009 4:03 PM
Around this time last year, California State University students and administrators were just beginning to realize how deeply budget cuts were going to affect education.
Now after a semester that introduced furloughs and fee increases, the CSU system is continuing to struggle.
"Since then, things have gone from bad to worse," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed in a teleconference call with student media Nov. 10. "We ended up having to cut $564 million, a 17 percent cut. That's unheard of."
CSU officials are submitting a budget request for the 2010-11 year to the board of trustees for approval next week.
Erik Fallis, CSU Media Relations Specialist for the Office of the Chancellor, called the request a "critical recovery" and a "reinvestment in the CSU budget for next year."
In the fall 2009, enrollment will be reduced by about 4,000; in spring 2010, it will be reduced by 6,000. These reductions come coupled with the greatest surge in applicants that Reed has ever seen, especially from students looking to transfer to a CSU school from a community college.
For the fall 2010, CSU received more than 266,000 applications. There was a 127 percent rise in community college students applying to CSU schools and a 32 percent rise in undergraduate applications, according to Reed.
"Denying students admission and entry into the CSU system is one of the worst things that can be done, especially during a recession," Reed said.
But the reductions were necessary to keep the quality of education, Reed added.
CSU colleges are going to accept all high school students from the local community. Reed gave the example of Cal State Long Beach accepting students from Long Beach high schools, but not accepting as many students from Sacramento.
"We will be asking for $300 million just in state general funds increase, and an additional $283 million to help us keep our faculty and staff together," Reed said. "Will we get that? No. But I believe we need to ask for it. (We need to ask) the governor and the legislature to make higher education a higher priority."
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