CSU Trustees Tell Chancellor to Explore Ways to Boost Revenue

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – The California State University trustees have requested that Chancellor Charles Reed explore additional ways to increase revenue and reduce costs to cope with a $750 million cut for the next academic year after hearing the administration’s proposal to freeze spring admissions at most campuses next year. Trustees decried the plan at the board meeting Tuesday, which also includes putting fall admissions on hold until after the November referendum on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increases. If the measures do not pass, funding will be further cut by $200 million. That will result in enrollment being further slashed for the fall and 3,000 employees laid off, says Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor. Trustee Roberta Achtenberg says reducing enrollment by 20,000 to 25,000 students betrays students who receive the message that they should go to college. She says many will simply never go to college if denied access to the CSU system. Reed says since the system will not bear another tuition increase, the only large-scale alternative is to reduce admissions.

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