*** MEDIA ADVISORY***
California’s Public Higher Education Leaders Warn
Continued Budget Cuts
Threaten Future of State’s Economy
Tens of thousands of qualified students to be turned away from spot in college
WHAT: In an unprecedented collaboration, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed, California Community College Chancellor Diane Woodruff and University of California Provost Rory Hume – representing 3.5 million students annually - are speaking out about the immediate and future impacts of budget cuts to California’s three public higher education systems and what this signals for the future of California.
The three system leaders will hold a press briefing and Q and A to highlight the threat to the state’s economy if public higher education is not able to supply enough students for California’s workforce, and the consequences of reduced access to college for tens of thousands of students.
WHO: CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, CCC Chancellor Diane Woodruff and UC Provost Rory Hume
WHERE: Sacramento Convention Center, Room 201 (top of stairs) - 1400 J St Sacramento, CA 95814
WHEN: Monday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
CONTACT: CSU contact: Claudia Keith (562) 951- 4813, mobile: 562/355-4479 firstname.lastname@example.org
CCC contact: Tod Burnett (916) 445-4434, mobile: 916/955-8655 email@example.com
UC Contact: Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924, mobile: 510/387-5434 firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: Higher education in California would suffer a second major hit in less than six years if the state adopts the sweeping cuts proposed in this year’s budget. The CSU, CCC and UC systems have not yet recovered from cuts earlier this decade and as a result, tens of thousands of qualified students will be denied a spot in college or be unable to make progress toward a degree or certificate. The Governor’s proposed budget to the legislature would leave the community colleges without the resources to serve more than 50,000 students next year, and both the CSU and the UC are already overenrolled by 10,000 and 4,000 students respectively. This year, the CSU has already been forced to turn away 10,000 qualified students for the coming fall semester, and UC may not be able to increase enrollment at all next year.
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu
April 22, 2008