I am writing to report on the status of the class sections the University was able to add through our share of Federal stimulus funds received from the Chancellor’s Office, as well as on the 2010-11 Governor’s budget proposal for the California State University system.
Due to severe budget cuts as well as mandated enrollment downsizing, we had to cut a large number of class sections for this academic year. However, I am pleased to report that Federal stimulus funds were used to add 52 class sections as identified in the enclosed list.
As you know, during the last two fiscal years the CSU system budget has been slashed by $625 million. I am encouraged by Governor Schwarzenegger’s newly released budget proposal, as it would restore $305 million in one-time cuts made during the current 2009-10 budget year, as well as $60.6 million for 2.5% enrollment growth if federal funds are committed. Although this level of funding is still below the level provided in FY 2007-08, we appreciate the focus that has been placed on higher education.
I hope that you will join with us to strongly encourage the legislature to adopt the Governor’s budget proposal for the CSU, which would allow us to serve more students in the 2010-11 academic year.
I also want to report that I have recently met with the majority of the department chairs, and will conduct several more meetings with the chairs during the Spring semester. In addition, I have scheduled separate meetings with the staff and with the administrators (MPP), and I plan to meet with the faculty of each college. It is my hope that these meetings will help dispel the false rumors and misinformation that have been circulating over the past few months and provide for better communication across campus.