May 29, 2012
The Governor’s May Revise budget proposes a $250 million trigger cut to the CSU if voters reject his tax measure this November. His January budget had proposed a $200 million trigger cut. If voters approve the tax measure, the CSU would receive an essentially flat budget.
There will no doubt be continued uncertainty through the summer and until the November election. We at CSUSM are proceeding with our current budget planning, which includes contingency plans should the ballot measure fail and the trigger cuts be implemented. In March, I asked vice presidents to review all open positions to determine those that were essential and those that could be filled at a later date. We have also continued to reduce travel expenditures and defer all major purchases or service contracts where possible. At this time, I do not foresee any reductions in our permanent workforce.
Cal State San Marcos continues to be a high-demand campus. In response to increased demand for enrollment at CSU San Marcos and to the threats posed by the Governor’s revised budget should the ballot initiative fail, we are implementing an initial 13-unit limit for all new undergraduate students (freshman and transfer). The registration limit is a temporary mechanism to ensure that as many new students as possible are able to meet the requirement for full-time status and qualify for financial aid. It is intended to provide a reasonable class schedule for all students in fall 2012, and it will be raised after the last orientation session in August to allow students to fill out their schedules by registering for classes with open seats. The 17-unit limit remains in effect for all continuing students.
I will continue to share relevant budget information as we receive it. Thank you for your continued hard work and efforts on behalf of our students and this University.