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CSU to enroll fewer students amid budget cuts

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March 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California State University system plans to enroll about 10,000 fewer students as part of its response to anticipated cuts in state funding, school officials said Tuesday.

At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, administrators outlined strategies for the 23-campus system to cope with the $500 million, or 18 percent, cut proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget plan. The system received about $2.8 billion in state funding for the current fiscal year.

The 2.4 percent reduction in student enrollment in 2011-2012 is expected to save about $60 million, said CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp. The system currently enrolls about 420,000 students.

In addition to the enrollment cuts, the 23 campuses are being asked to reduce their budgets by a total $281 million, officials said. Those cuts could lead to fewer course sections, larger class sizes and fewer faculty and staff.

Cal State administrators warned of more severe consequences if the system loses even more state money than the governor has proposed cutting.

If CSU loses $1 billion, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office recommends that CSU reduce enrollment by 5 percent, raise tuition by 10 percent and cut staff compensation by 5 percent. Any tuition hike would come on top of a 10 percent increase already approved for the fall 2010 term.

“This type of cut would have long-lasting effects on the level of access and service that CSU can provide students and would negatively impact California’s economy,” Chancellor Charles Reed said.

Brown has proposed closing a $26.6 billion state budget deficit by cutting $12.5 billion in spending and asking voters to extend temporary increases in the personal income, sales and vehicle taxes enacted two years ago.

But so far the governor has not secured the Republican support needed to allow voters to decide the tax question in a special election in June.

Under Brown’s plan, Cal State and the University of California each would lose $500 million in state funding, while California’s 112 community colleges would lose $400 million.

Over the last two years, state budget cuts have prompted the CSU system to reduce its workforce, furlough employees, shrink enrollment and raise annual tuition for in-state undergraduates from $2,772 in 2007-2008 to $4,884 in 2011-2012.

By Terrence Chea

The Associated Press

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  • Carissa GuidryApril 12, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    In my opinion...I think all these tax cuts/reductions are unfair for California residents. Why should students and staff have to suffer the consequences for something that was initially out of our control in the first place?! If you live in California...why should you have to pay more money to get an decent education? One of the main reasons of the CSU system was "to provide California residents with a decent costing education". Its very unsettling to think about paying more for my education along with all the deficits and things going on now. I attend a Csu school and I'm worry that by the time I graduate I'll owe more money than I could make in a one lifetime. With all the reductions , and classes being cut and class sizes increasing, its very worrisome for someone like me whose been at my school for four years and I'm not quite finished. I have another year...but once I'm done I have money that has to be replaced and without a job...how am I going to be able to make the monthly payments plus interest?!?! Sometimes I wonder if I wasted four years of my life on college?!! With all these plans and expedites ...alot more people will be reconsidering their decisions as well unless the chancellor does something good about the system. What it is going to take for him to see that ...he's hurting California residents the most and its effecting our stay at these colleges. More and more students will be forced to go out of state for their education. I think that hes need to look at the bigger picture before hes make a major decision that will impact hundreds of thousands of students.

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