State university board joining UCs in planning tuition hikes, faculty furloughs

System faces $584 million shortfall in 2010 budget year

A proposal to increase California State University tuition, along with plans to institute employee furloughs and reduce enrollment, will be considered at a CSU Board of Trustees meeting next week, Chancellor Charles Reed said Thursday.

In a teleconference with reporters this morning, Reed laid out his proposal to address a $584 million shortfall for CSU's 2009-2010 budget, which will be discussed at a Tuesday meeting at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.

The plan includes a fee increase of $672 for full-time undergraduate students, a $990 increase for full-time students who are not California residents, as well as two furlough days per month for all 47,000 CSU employees, the reduction of enrollment by 40,000 students in the next two years, and cuts to individual campuses.

Much of the enrollment reductions come from last week's decision to not accept student applications for the 2010 winter and spring terms.

The proposed cuts and fee hikes are due to "nothing short of a mega meltdown financially," Reed said. "We have to act very quickly and we don't have a lot of tools to reduce our budget."

The higher tuition fees would not affect about 187,000 CSU students whose families make less than $75,000, according to Reed.

However, Reed said the furloughs would affect "everyone, from chancellors on down," and that he has asked the university's labor unions to consider the furloughs to try to avoid layoffs.

"This will be tough on everybody," he said. "Everyone in the CSU family will share the pain."

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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