CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 10, May 12, 2011

CSU Outlines Plan for Worst-Case Scenario

California State University officials laid out a contingency plan to address a potential “all cuts” budget for 2011-12 at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting May 10. An "all cuts" budget could mean an additional $500 million cut that would reduce the CSU’s state support by over $1 billion, or a 36 percent reduction to the current level of state funding.

“I don’t know a business in this country can take that kind of reduction,” said Chancellor Reed during his address to the finance committee. “But we’re preparing.”

Reed intends to do so in a way that maintains the CSU’s quality, value and access. To prepare for the possibility of a total $1 billion budget reduction, the CSU could implement various strategies including a "wait list" on applications for winter and spring 2012, meaning campuses would accept applications for those terms, but will not make any admissions decisions until a budget is finalized. The CSU would also consider an additional tuition fee increase of up to 32 percent, which would mean an additional $1,556, starting with the winter/spring 2012 term. Under the worst-case scenario, the CSU could turn away 20,000 qualified applicants who would otherwise enroll for the winter/spring 2012 terms.

“There are no good options,” Reed said, “We are faced with extreme choices.” More.

New San Diego State President Named,
Northridge President to Retire

New San Diego State President Elliot HirshmanThe CSU Board of Trustees has named Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, president of San Diego State University.

Hirshman was one of three finalists for the position who spent last week visiting the campus. He will assume the San Diego presidency this summer, and succeeds President Stephen L. Weber who has served as SDSU president since 1996. More.

In related presidential news, Dr. Jolene Koester, president of CSU Northridge, has announced her plans to step down and retire from her position at the end of the year. She became the fourth president of CSUN in 2000.

Trustees Appointed, Reappointed

CSU Trustee Steven GlazerSteven M. Glazer has been appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees by Governor Brown.

An alumnus of the CSU, Glazer earned a bachelor's degree from San Diego State and currently serves as the Vice Mayor of the City of Orinda.

In addition, Dr. Herbert L. Carter was reappointed to the board for another term. More.

CSU Libraries: Numbers Validate the Need

Out of the one million Californians that visit a library on a typical day, nearly 114,000 visit a CSU library.

That was how many visited the 22 CSU libraries that took part in a statewide event that gathered statistics, comments, pictures, and other data to account for a typical day. The information gathered on Oct. 4, 2010, for the California Library Association’s Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries will be used to advocate for funding and illustrate the important role libraries play in our communities.

CSU Libraries: Numbers Validate the NeedIn the CSU system alone, visitors accessed library websites 356,326 times and checked out or renewed 19,288 items. In addition, library staff answered 6,772 reference questions and 27,666 visitors used a library computer. More.


CSU Fullerton Makes College Access a Local Priority

Officials of Santa Ana College and the Santa Ana Unified School District joined forces with CSUF to create Santa Ana ¡Adelante!, an innovative program to see a college diploma in every Santa Ana home by 2020. More.

CSU, Chico Program Aims to Increase the Number of Teachers in At-Risk Populations

The Chico Rural Teacher Pathway, recently funded with $500,000 from CalGrip, is a two-year program designed to recruit 30 high school seniors each year who may have the desire, but perhaps not the means, to become credentialed teachers. More.

CSU San Marcos Revered for Recycling

Cal State San Marcos earned its seventh consecutive title in Recyclemania, a nationwide competition that challenges more than 630 universities and colleges to reduce overall waste and increase recycling over a 10-week period. More.

SDSU Alumni Pledge $2.5 Million to Scholarships

San Diego State alumni Jim and Janet Sinegal have pledged $2.5 million to support scholarships for SDSU students. The scholarships will go toward supporting foster students, veterans and future educators. More.

CSULB to Launch Two Engineering Programs in Lancaster Area

CSU Long Beach will launch two engineering degree programs this fall in Lancaster, filling an impending void from this year’s elimination of California State University, Fresno’s seven-year-old Antelope Valley engineering program. More.

CSUMB New Home to CSU Summer Arts

Starting in 2012, CSU Summer Arts, the annual month-long program offering academic credit plus a festival in the visual, performing, literary and new media arts, will be held at CSU Monterey Bay. It will be hosted by the Seaside campus for at least five years. More.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
Defending the California Dream

During the 16th California Higher Education Student Summit, the student leaders of all 23 CSU campuses joined forces in Sacramento to defend a California dream that is “Made in the CSU.”


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