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Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Budget crunch prompts CSUSB to cut enrollment
Cal State San Bernardino will decrease its fall enrollment by about 1,000 students in response to funding cuts prompted by the state budget crisis.
The university announced plans to limit new enrollment by 5 percent to address anticipated budget cuts. Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting $240 million from the Cal State system's budget, including about $13 million from Cal State San Bernardino.
In a statement Monday, Cal State San Bernardino President Al Karnig said that cutting enrollment will help the university meet the needs of current students. The enrollment cut will affect both new freshmen and graduate students.
"The enrollment reductions are intended to help assure that students continue to have access to the classes they need and protect their ability to make normal progress toward graduation," Karnig said.
In addition, the Cal State system Board of Trustees likely will vote on a tuition hike later this month. Schwarzenegger has proposed a 10 percent increase in undergraduate student tuition for both Cal State and the University of California. Under the governor's plan, Cal State tuition would rise to $2,251 per year from $2,046.
The fee increase, if approved, could offset the San Bernardino campus' budget loss by about $5 million, leaving the university with about $8 million in budget cuts.
Each of Cal State's 23 campuses has been asked to cut enrollment by 5 percent. That means overall enrollment will drop from 17,000 students to about 16,000 students this fall.
Karnig is meeting with faculty, staff and students to discuss the budget cuts and seek feedback.
Karnig said the he hopes to spread the impact of cuts over several years "to cushion the shocks."
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