The chancellor’s office announced July 9 in a press release that spring admission will be closed on all California State University (CSU) campuses in an effort to reduce the budget deficit. The CSU system typically admits around 35,000 students in spring. The chancellor’s office wants to reduce enrollment by a total of 40,000 students for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Cal Poly will not be affected by the spring admission freeze because the university had not planned on admitting students for the winter or spring quarters.
Enrollment cuts save the CSU system money because for every dollar that students pay in tuition, the state pays two, said Erik Fallis, a representative from the chancellor’s office. The Chancellor’s office is also considering a 20 percent fee increase for students as well as furloughs that would cut salaries for staff, faculty and administrators.
The California Faculty Association started voting on whether or not to approve furloughs Monday and has encountered a few technical difficulties. Due to a software glitch not all faculty members received the link to cast their ballot online or the votes that were cast were not counted.
CFA officers are re-running the election to make sure that all votes were counted and there is confidence in the results. In an e-mail sent to CFA members CFA officers said the company handling the online voting had fixed the error and explaining that all members that voted on the first link will need to recast them on the second.