Budget Central

Further Budget Cuts Could Mean Grim Choices

Faced with the prospect of an additional $200 million budget cut, the CSU's Board of Trustees Tuesday discussed the possibility of reducing enrollment, laying off employees, reducing classes, and eliminating low-enrollment academic programs and degrees.

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed 2012-13 state budget calls for the same level of state support for the CSU as this year provided voters pass a November tax initiative. If that measure fails, the CSU could face an additional $200 million cut which would drop the university's level of state support to $1.8 billion--the lowest level since 1996-97--but the CSU is now serving 90,000 more students.