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Cal State Trustees Weigh in on Attendance Cuts

Cal State Board of Trustees announces plans to deal with budget cuts.

The Cal State University Board of Trustees will end their one-day meeting Tuesday regarding the $750 million cuts in state funding in the 2011-2012 fiscal year as well as the possibility of $200 million cuts in the following year. 

Due to cuts in funding, Cal State officials announced Monday that they plan to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses. Whether or not officials will decide to wait-list applicants in the following Fall depends on the outcome of a tax initiative proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

At the same time, the Board is considering higher compensation packages for the new presidents of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State East Bay despite the universitys' lacking funds.

Under these plans, Cal State Fullerton's President Mildred Garcia and Cal State East Bay's President Leroy Morishita would receive base salaries that would be 10 percent higher than their current salaries and the salaries of their predecessors. In defense of these plans, Cal State officials claim that these salary hikes are necessary to attract competent university leaders.

If these plans are actualized, most of Cal State's 23 campuses will not accept new students for the Spring 2013 semester. Yet, eight of the Cal State Campuses at Fullerton, Los Angeles, Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, San Francisco, San Bernardino, and Sonoma say that they will take a few hundred student transfers from community colleges.

If the Board of Trustees had not chosen to make these cuts in student enrollment, it is likely that they would have planned to raise tuition as they have in the past. 


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