The California budget crisis has hit a whole new level of seriousness.
The CSU system is cutting its enrollment! Sources say that the minority and low income groups will be hit the hardest.
As part of a plan to slash its 450,000 enrollment by 10,000 students for the 2009-2010 academic year, the 23-campus system, the nation’s largest.
The university typically admits 45,000 to 50,000 freshmen each year; if even half the reductions land on them, it would mean a 10% drop in first-year admissions.
Reed said the Cal State system anticipates $66 million in midyear budget cuts, and further reductions for 2009-2010. He refused to discuss whether a fee hike is in store for next year.
Some campuses, including Sonoma, Channel Islands, Northridge, Chico, San Jose, San Marcos and San Francisco, will continue to take all fully qualified students from their own communities. But students from other parts of California may have to show higher grade-point averages and test scores to make the cut at these and other campuses, officials said.
– Check out the full article at LA Times.com
This is scary!
Like they said the kids who did everything they were suppose to are not going to get accepted.
On the other hand, it could make campuses less crowded and make it easier for the students already admitted to get into classes. I know first hand over the past 3 years tuition has gone up but class section have gone down. But it could also mean less teachers and therefore even less class sections to choose from.
It’s rumored the the University of California campuses will also be making cuts for next fall.