By Marlyn Rodriguez |Opinions Editor|
A record breaking number of students seeking admission to CSU campuses are being constrained by limited funding.
The Sun reports that the 23 CSU campuses in the CSU system, as well as 447,000 students are seeking a five percent increase in state funding.
The five percent boost would provide the campuses with $79.2 million that will also increase the number of accepted students by 20,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.
There are approximately 284,000 students applying to at least one CSU, reports The Sun.
According to College Board, a website that provides information about admission requirements, states that only half of the applicants are accepted.
Between Fall 2008 and Fall 2010, there was a profound decrease in the number of students accepted by the 23 campuses, reports The Sun.
Within that same time frame, the budget of the CSU system was cut by $580 million.
Funding is so limited that admission for the Spring term has been closed several times, reported The Sun.
Spring term admissions were closed in 2010, opened for Spring 2011 and then closed again for Spring 2012 with the exception of applicants who obtained an associate’s degree, according to The Sun.
“We are trying to provide for the students that are already here,” said Salvador Perez, front counter supervisor in the CSUSB’s admissions office. “We’re not excluding anybody,” added Perez.
CSU officials are looking for ways to control the demand of accepting only a small number of applicants.
Trustees requested a $237 million increase in funding to cover the expenses and increase student enrollment but were only given a $142 million increase, reports The Sun.
The CSU system isn’t the only system being affected; it is the entire system of public universities in the state of California.
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reports that because of decreased funding, high school graduates who meet the requirements to attend a UC or CSU are less likely to attend.
Because of this, high school students end up choosing to attend a community college even though they are fully qualified to attend a four-year university, according to Dailycal.
“CSUSB still provides for students. The only difference is that students have to be on top of what is required of them in order to be admitted into the university without a problem,” said Emmanuel Garcia, admissions student assistant.
The PPIC estimates that by 2025, the state will have approximately one million fewer college graduates than is necessary to have a fully functioning economy.
“Being able to apply at least once a year is not as lenient as it was before but it’s still an opportunity,” said Whitney Mitchel, admissions student assistant.
“We try to accommodate with the funding and what’s available. It boils down to money but I think our school is doing a good job. Not the best, but also not the worst,” added Mitchel.
Admissions is becoming more and more limited due to lack of funding but CSUSB is still providing for their students in any way they can.