CSUMB to Freeze New Admissions
March 20, 2012
Most California State University campuses will close their doors to new students next Spring, including CSU Monterey Bay. And the CSUs face even further enrollment cuts if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax raise at the polls this November.
Only eight of CSU's 23 campuses will admit students for the spring 2013 semester, and those admissions will be limited to community college students who are transferring.
Without the voter-approved tax increase, CSU funding would fall to $1.8 billion from $3 billion four years ago, and would mean eliminating an additional 25,000 student slots, or 6 percent of the system's total 417,000 students, in 2013-14.
CSUMB admitted about 1,600 students in fall of 2011, and just shy of 300 this spring. The school would lose some $200 million in funding if Brown's tax plan fails. A CSUMB spokesperson was not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning.
In response to protests organized by Students for Quality Education over tuition increases, CSUMB President Diane Harrison emailed students Feb. 29 and wrote, "While other CSU campuses have been forced to roll back enrollment, cut academic programs and lay off staff in response to the cuts, we at CSU Monterey Bay have benefited from prudent use of our one-time financial reserves and have not resorted to such measures.
"The state budget outlook remains bleak, and each new round of cuts becomes harder for us to manage, but I am extremely proud of the way CSUMB has responded so far."
CSUMB tuition has more than doubled since 2006 to $5,970 a year. Over that time, the proportion of education paid for by tuition compared to state funding has increased from 30/70 to 50/50.