Campus: Sonoma State University -- February 21, 2003
Sonoma State May Accommodate First Budget Cuts
With Energy Rebate, Faces $4-7 Million Reductions In Fall
Energy rebates from Pacific Gas & Electric are allowing Sonoma State
University to meet a major portion of unexpected mid-year cuts required
by the State's budget deficit.
The $703,200 in rebates awarded by PG&E just months ago for a solar
panel array and new heating and cooling systems in the remodeling of
Ruben Salazar Hall, is proving critical in offsetting a major portion
of the $952,200 that the university must plan to cut immediately from
its budget as it finds itself in the middle of the spring semester.
But the University still faces $4-7 million in cuts for the next academic
year, which begins in the fall. At the same time, the campus enrollment
is expected to grow by more than 500 students.
"As we face these challenges, it is likely we will need to make
significant changes to the way we do business at Sonoma State University,
" says SSU President Ruben Arminana.
"Our goal is to maintain quality programs for our students and
maintain a good working environment for our employees. At this time,
I stand behind my commitment to avoid lay-offs of any permanent employees."
President Arminana has prepared an update on the current state of the
Sonoma State University budget situation for the current semester, and
for the next academic year. That update can be found at www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/budget/update_2.html
More updates will follow, says Director of Communications Susan Kashack,
as the response to the budget crisis becomes clearer over the coming
The CSU will conduct a series of special meetings over the next several
months to consult with various constituency groups about the budget
crisis. The System Budget Advisory Committee, which is made up of presidents,
provosts, and other student, faculty, staff, and alumni leaders, will
begin meeting monthly rather than four times per year.
The CSU Board of Trustees' Committee on Finance will begin meeting monthly
rather than every other month at Board of Trustees' meetings.
Additionally, the CSU will convene a budget summit to be held in mid-March
in Long Beach.
Summit attendees include campus presidents, campus Associated Student
presidents, chairs of campus academic senates, and leaders from the
Statewide Academic Senate and the California State Student Association.
For further information, contact Susan Kashack, Director of Communications,(707)