By Linda Tran |Staff Writer|
On May 24, CSUSB President Dr. Albert K. Karnig and other university officials joined CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed in Sacramento to support higher education against budget cuts to be made to the CSU.
At the event they discussed the reduction and their perspectives of what might happen in the CSU system as well as Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal of his tax extension.
Brown and state legislators have announced a $500 million reduction to the entire CSU system for the 2011-2012 school year. The budget cut may double if Brown’s tax extensions do not win approval.
Facing the $500 million budget cut and other reductions, the CSU system has agreed that it will enroll fewer students.
“It’s virtually inevitable that with far fewer resources, the short-term outcome will be higher tuition fees and that many qualified students will be denied admission,” said Karnig.
Karnig also said that this budget reduction will be difficult for students in the Inland Empire, for this domain is one of the lowest in the nation in percentages of college graduates, according to CSUSB’s public affairs.
In this critical time for education, Karnig said he understands that students feel discouraged that they will not have the opportunity to graduate, but presses the importance on the access available for students who are currently enrolled.
“The most important single thing is making sure for those who get access get the education,” said Karnig.
Karnig mentioned other strategies for students to accomplish their degree. Although financial matters come to mind at first, Karnig said that students can find the determination and methods to finish.
“The people who are prepared who walk through the door will be the ones to get through it,” said Karnig.
And without further funding, the idea is students will be ill-equipped or less prepared to reach graduation.
Education is highly focused on during this time of the year both politically and regionally.
Many government officials and educators have gathered together to discuss the importance of education in the county and state.
Events such as Rep. Joe Baca’s (D-Rialto) yearly Summit Education was hosted this year at CSUSB on May 17.
The event reviewed current problems in the education system, and what the system can do to improve in order for students to successfully complete their education.
Baca invited education leaders to discuss important concepts about students from K-12, such as California’s educational achievement gap, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.
“You have to build that confidence with that student,” said Baca. “If they fall, you gotta get them up.”
Some students have expressed that the tuition increase has intimidated them to finish their degree, yet other students find it as a resource to perform better in school.
Student Pamela Cormier has heard of constant budget cuts ever since she started college.
“The cuts do encourage me to work harder and make me aware of the money I’m spending,” said Cormier.
Cormier also said that students should stay optimistic to finish their degree and also said that professors could encourage students more to perform well and pass their classes, especially in this economic downfall.
Waiting for one proposal to another from government officials, students are trying to withstand whatever challenges they face during their time in college.