Campus: San Francisco State University -- April 21, 2004
San Francisco State Announces Proposed Cuts To
Plan responds to California’s budget crisis and need to cut
$22 million during last two years
Responding to the Governor’s January budget proposal and California’s
fiscal crisis, San Francisco State University announced today a reduction
plan to bridge a $22 million budget gap.
The plan calls for $10.3 million of cuts in Academic Affairs. They include
discontinuance of five bachelor's and five master's degree programs,
downsizing or limiting enrollment in some programs and moving some functions
and services off the state-supported general fund to self-support.
"The grim task of identifying that magnitude of budget cuts with
the resulting loss of services that can be provided to our students
is agonizing," said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
John Gemello. "In making these difficult decisions, the Deans have
made every effort possible to preserve academic programs."
This is the second consecutive year that San Francisco State University
has faced a dramatic reduction in the state allocation. "In just
two years we have lost more than $25 million in our base general fund
budget," Gemello said, "pushing us beyond the point of making
Programs recommended for discontinuance will be forwarded to the University's
Academic Senate for deliberation, in accordance with University policy.
The review process by the faculty governance body will take several
months and could result in changes to the final plan, but Gemello stated
that any deletions must be matched by an alternative source of equal
savings so that the reductions total $10.3 million. To view the policy
on Academic Program Discontinuance please visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate/rrpolicies/.
The current plan preserves all tenured and tenure-track faculty jobs
as well as those of all staff with permanent status although some faculty
would be moved to other programs or departments, as might some staff
members. There will be a significant loss of lecturer positions. In
addition, some vacant faculty and staff positions will be eliminated.
Specifics of the plan include:
- Discontinue bachelor’s degree programs in Interdisciplinary
Social Science, Industrial Technology, Social Work, Dance and Russian.
- Discontinue master’s degree programs in Family and Consumer
Sciences, Gerontology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Kinesiology
- Discontinue the NEXA program (an interdisciplinary approach of
teaching science and humanities) and the minor in California Studies.
- Move programs to self-support: Master's programs in the College
of Business, some Holistic Health and Physical Activity courses, the
M.S. in Engineering, the Clinical Biological Laboratory Scientist
Internship, and the Child Study Center.
- Downsize General Education programs within the College of Health
and Human Services and the College of Humanities, and limit growth
of the bachelor’s degree in Engineering to its current degree
programs and size.
- Other programmatic impacts: Eliminate General Fund support for
remedial courses in English and Mathematics (effective fall 2006);
reduce budgets in non-college units and administrative units reporting
directly to the provost; reduce size and scope of the Step to College
Still under review is a proposal to consolidate the University's number
of colleges, which could save an estimated $800,000.
The budget reduction plan from Academic Affairs was released this week
to the campus. Other University administrative units are taking permanent
cuts to bring the total University reduction to $22 million.
Among these cuts are:
- More than $2 million in management reductions
- Elimination of $1.4 million in general fund support to Athletics
- Reduction of $1 million in deferred maintenance
- Reduction of $573,000 in work study matching funds
- Transfer the Career Center off the general fund for a savings of
- Elimination of the Office of Human Relations and reassignment of
functions to other administrative offices for a savings of $402,000
- Reorganization and consolidation of the Public Affairs and Publications
offices, plus other reductions in Advancement, for savings of about
Gemello noted that this budget reduction target is based on the Governor’s
January budget proposal and the University will be forced to seek further
reductions in Academic Affairs and other areas if it receives any further
cuts from the Governor or Legislature later this year.
Some of the elements in the academic plan can be implemented immediately
in the new fiscal year, but much of the plan comprises long-term strategies
to take full effect in fall 2006. The near-term budget will be a combination
of short-term and permanent strategies.
Discontinued programs will be phased out over several years, allowing
currently enrolled students to complete their degrees. No new majors
in areas under consideration for discontinuance will be accepted at
San Francisco State University is a diverse, public university with
more than 27,000 students enrolled this semester and nearly 1,650 faculty
members and lecturers. The University awards bachelor’s degrees
in 118 areas of specialization and master’s degrees in 96 areas.
In addition, 27 credential programs and 34 certificate programs are
For more information on the University’s budget, please visit:
Media Contact: Christina Holmes, (415) 405-3803; (415)