Record Jump in CSU Applications as Enrollment is Cut

November 10, 2009 8:09:10 PM PST
California state colleges have to cut $564-million dollars from their budget ... which means thousands of students will not be allowed to enroll ... and others are scrambling to meet application deadlines.Fresno State has already reduced enrollment by 500 students this fall and another 700 in the spring. Tuesday the CSU Chancellor said state universities cannot educate more students for less. Fresno State and other CSU campuses throughout California are facing major cuts in enrollment.

"Denying student access to the California State University is just about the worst thing that I think I can do," said Chancellor Reed.

During a teleconference Chancellor Charles Reed said CSU schools will cut more than 40 thousand students over the next three years.

Chancellor Reed said, "What we have seen so far this fall. We have seen approximately four thousand student reduction in our fall enrollment and we anticipate an additional reduction of six thousand."

Chancellor Reed is asking the state to reinvest in education by returning $305-million dollars in cuts ... $587-million in mandatory cost increases and buying out a 10% student fee increase.

Bernie Vinovrski, with Fresno State says they have to cut freshman and transfer some students to continue to meet the school's high education standards.

Vinovrski said, "If we don't students aren't going to get the classes and it's going to take them a lot longer to graduate."

Although CSU officials are cutting the number of students, they've seen the largest increase in applications ever ... with the highest numbers at Fresno State.

"Dr. Reed reported the system has a 32% increase in applications, Fresno State has a 60% increase in freshman applications. Dr. Reed mentioned 127% in transfer applications, Fresno state has a 300% increase," said Vinovrski.

While many will not be admitted ... Vinovrski says students who attend local feeder high schools and applicants living in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare County are safe.

Vinovrski said, "If you are from those areas you apply by the 30th of November you meet all guidelines for admission ... there is not a problem you will be admitted."

Reed could not say whether or not there will be another student fee increase. The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote on next year's budget next Tuesday.



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