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California State University Will Add Classes to School Schedules for Winter/Spring Terms


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CSU Will Add Classes to School Schedules for Winter/Spring Terms

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(Oct. 22, 2009) – The California State University will allocate $25 million in one-time funds to campuses to provide additional course sections and classes for students, as well as student support services. 

"We hope this will provide some relief for students who have had difficulty enrolling in an adequate number of classes, as well as help students make progress toward their degree," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The additional classes will also allow us to retain a number of lecturers for the winter and spring terms."

Systemwide, CSU campuses will add up to approximately 4,000 additional course sections and potentially retain up to 800 lecturers for the winter/spring term.

These university funds are available thanks to an additional $77.5 million one-time federal allocation that will help CSU to meet its payroll.  In turn, CSU will be able to use monies from state support and student fee revenues previously set aside for payroll to add the course sections. The CSU will reserve the remainder of the funds against what continues to be uncertainty about the state’s fiscal condition.  However, the federal stimulus funds and associated CSU funds are one-time only, and must be used on a limited-term basis and not create ongoing spending. 

CSU has been working to address a massive $564 million budget cut for 2009-10, and is in the process of implementing an action plan that includes employee furloughs and workforce reductions; enrollment cuts, increased student fees, and additional cost cutting measures on campuses.  The guiding principles behind the plan are based on serving as many students and preserving as many jobs as possible while maintaining academic quality and fiscal balance. 

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