CSU officials freeze spring enrollment

March 20, 2012

Amidst uncertain financing, California State University officials announced plans to freeze enrollment at most campuses, including Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, in the spring and possibly wait-list all fall applicants while waiting for the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot. [LATimes]

The freeze will deny tens of thousands of student entry into state universities while helping  system officials deal with 750 million in funding cuts in the 2011-2012 fiscal year and help it prepare for a possible $200-million cut next year.

“Out-of-state students, who represent only about 3 percent to 4 percent of the system’s total, will probably not be affected because their higher tuition covers the cost of instruction,” officials told the LA Times.

In addition to discussing enrollment at Tuesday’s meeting, university officials will consider awarding a 10 percent pay increases to  incoming presidents at the Fullerton and East Bay campuses.

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UC Brkeley accepts foreign applicants and denies qualified instate students. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau pulls back access and affordability to Californians. Qualified instate applicants to public Cal. are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad foreign and out of state affluent students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes foreign and out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles instate tuition/fees.

University of California Berkeley is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of tax funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Going to Cal. is now more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Like Coaches, Chancellors who do not measure-up must resign.

More recently, UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed excessive force – rammed baton jabs – on students protesting Birgeneau’s doubling of tuition. The sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

Privatize the blasted thing and then you won’t have to worry about this stuff. Let the producers worry about production. Let the consumers worry about consuming.

A free market has a way of taking care of the hogs and the rascals. Why make it worse by dragging the taxpayers into the picture? Now, that really makes everything fair and ethical, doesn’t it?

Having the government run our education industry just screws it all up.

Privatizing the education industry will put the hogs on a diet and starve out the rascals.

O.k. seeing as I was only a Cuesta student (far as I went) maybe my numbers are wrong here but as of fall 2009 Cal Poly had an enrollment of 19,000. The tuition as of 2010 was $7900 Tuition and fees per year. Now just so I can allow for any mistakes and or schlorships, I am going to use 15,000. That times the tuition I come up with a 118 million per year. Now this is tuition without any state assistance yet.

So I am trying to figure if you have $118 million plus whatever assistance and they still aren’t getting it done? What am I missing? Anyone?

Have you seen the size of the Administration Building?

Yes. O.k. lets say you have a 1000 employees (both clerical, teaching and other support) and an average salary (again going high and low average) of $70,000. That would be $70 million. That still leaves $48 million for being off a bit and utilities etc.

Maybe you should check the names of the administration against the Sacramento Bee’s salary database for state employees… many of them make way more than $70K a year.

Jeffrey Armstrong

Robert Koob

Kimi Ikeda

Philip Bailey

R Thomas Jones

David Wehner

Mohammad Noori

Just some names to get you started…

You missed it Cosmos. Go back and look at what I said. I said clerical, teaching and other (Custodian, etc) Yes I KNOW there will be higher. And there also (again clerical etc) lower. So that was/is why I came up with that number. Like I said I was averaging

And I was trying to point that I think your average is low. Not to mention that you’re only looking at salary and not counting benefits, employment taxes, etc. that the university pays as well. These are between 35-45% of salary, depending upon position.

A very low average. Even for faculty 70k a year is low, let alone for the complete package (health, retirement, taxes). Many faculty, especially in Engineering and Agriculture make 90k to the low 100k. That’s just their salary too. Obviously it costs the university more than that. As cosmos7 said, you can always check this out yourself. All state employee salaries are public information.

I’m doubtful one can build an excellent university on the cheap. The best faculty would just leave if the salaries weren’t attractive. Administrative bloat is clearly a problem as are creeping administrative salaries (faculty have not seen a raise in years…), but much of the bloat is driven by state mandates about assessment, diversity, etc.

The United States is a very rich country despite what you may hear on the news. It can afford excellent universities, good roads, safe streets. health care, and more. It’s just whether we want those things. Real wealth is productivity and goods, both of which we have. Just need to figure out certain “distribution” issues…

Unfortunately some UC campus chancellors waste the tax resources provided higher education. Want an example? I love University of California having been a student & lecturer. Like so many I am disappointed by Chancellor Birgeneau’s failure to arrest escalating costs, tuition. Birgeneau doubled instate tuition. On an all-in cost UC Berkeley is the #1 most expensive public university; more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Tuition consumes 14% of a median family income.

UC Berkeley ranked # 2 in faculty earning potential. Paying more is not a better university. Birgeneau dismissed: increasing the number of classes per faculty; eliminating courses with too few students; reframing from exorbitant salaries, bonuses; doubling the time between sabbaticals; freezing all vacant positions; freezing pay, benefits & reforming pensions, health costs. Birgeneau believes fiscal efficiency wouldn’t be healthy for Cal. Exodus of faculty, chancellors, and administrators: who can afford them?

An American Enterprise Institute study found that UC Berkeley can operate well on much leaner budgets. Californians agree it is far from the ideal situation.

Recently, Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police rammed baton jabs on Cal. students protesting Birgeneau’s doubling of tuition/fees. The sky above Cal. will not fall when Robert J. Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) honorably resigns. Email opinions to the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

Why stop there? Privatize it and watch ALL the waste disappear.

We DO want those things. It’s the government that is getting in the way, not public demand.