As you likely know, there is still no state budget for fiscal year 2010-11. However, the campus received word yesterday of a one-time allocation of funds as a result of legislative action taken last week. Last Friday, Acting Governor Maldonado signed into law AB 185 to appropriate $106 million from the final installment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the California State University. The campus will receive a one-time allocation from these funds to increase course availability and student services, and support the general capacity of the campus to instruct and serve students. Based on earlier data from new and continuing student trends, deans were already planning for being over our previous established enrollment targets for the college year. The one-time funding will provide some relief for accommodating these additional students.
Based on discussions with my executive council, I am allocating a portion of the funds to support additional course sections in the Spring, and have asked Provost Cutrer and Vice President Stiglitz to identify any immediate needs to enhance student academic support. In March, I announced that the University Budget Committee (UBC) had made recommendations for reinvestment should additional funding be received for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Student academic support and course sections were two of the highest priorities for reinvestment identified by the UBC.
The remainder of the one-time funding will be allocated when we have a final state budget and can fully assess the 2010-11 fiscal picture. It is our hope that a state budget for 2010-11 is enacted soon. Further, on or before September 27th the Chancellor will make a decision on Spring admissions and final enrollment targets for 2010-11. (Information on Spring Admissions)
We continue to monitor the progress of the state budget and will continue to make these prudent decisions that have served us well throughout the economic downturn. I will provide updates as we receive new information or when a state budget is enacted and the campus has received its allocation from the Office of the Chancellor.
Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to serving our students.