By Mercedes Winchester |Staff Writer|
The knives are back out and the state budget for higher education is still on the chopping block.
All CSU’s will have to reduce enrollment by up to 25,000 students in Spring 2013 if Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increases are not approved by voters in November, according to The California Aggie.
“CSU’s will be forced to cancel spring admissions for the 2013 year in an attempt to lower CSU-wide enrollment by 16,000 students. The reduction is part of a drastic cost-cutting effort that has been initiated in response to the recent budget cuts,” said CSU officials at a Regents meeting held in San Francisco last month according to The California Aggie.
Student Arielle McCullough, who was looking forward to graduating early is now skeptical and second guessing her plans to graduate in Spring 2013.
“I wasn’t aware of the freeze but I am aware of budget cuts on our campus. I know the freeze will affect the students who are enrolling but since I’m not sure if the freeze will affect the graduating class of Spring 2013, I am going to try and put my fears aside and hope for the best while I continue to strive for excellence in reaching my goal of graduating within the next year and a half or so,” said McCullough.
Danielle Maxwell, a student here at CSUSB, said she was ready to throw anything within reach once she found out about the budget cut, which could end up being the coldest freeze CSUSB students have ever endured.
“I’m sorry but this is ridiculous! It doesn’t affect me but I still feel bad about the students that are going to try to get into school during that term,” said Maxwell. ”Why are there always budget cuts and limited classes offered, why isn’t school easier to get into and why aren’t classes offered every term?”
The 23 CSU campuses, which have collectively faced budget cuts totaling up to $750 million in the past year, will lose $200 million more if the governor’s tax increases are not passed.
President Albert Karnig reported in a press release that CSUSB currently has about a $21 million budget deficit.
“The world wonders why there are so many dropouts or why people don’t have degrees. Well hello, maybe it’s too hard to get into school and once you finally do get in school it takes an extra three years to finish what should be a four year degree because the classes aren’t always offered,” said Maxwell.
Around $18 million is from the state budget cuts and another $2.7 or $2.8 million is from rising mandatory costs, like benefits.
CSUSB will need to look at ways of increasing the student body.
There may be a mid-year cut of $3.8 million to CSUSB, but it is uncertain whether it will be a single cut or a baseline cut. The decision is expected to be announced in December.