On Tuesday, July 28, at 3:00 p.m. in ARTS 240, I will host an all-campus forum to discuss the California State University budget situation. At the forum, the campus community will receive an update on the latest information and developments related to the budget and the July 21 CSU Board of Trustees meeting, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions.
To stay informed, I encourage you to periodically check the University's updated Budget Central website at www.csusm.edu/budgetcentral for the latest news, messages from President Haynes, and related documents and links.
At yesterday's Board of Trustees meeting a number of actions were approved to help close the $584 million CSU budget deficit. Elements of the plan include:
For CSUSM, the budget deficit equates to approximately $14 million. Furloughs and the student fee increase will address a major portion of our $14 million budget deficit; however, we are anticipating approximately an additional $3 million that will need to be cut from our 2009-10 campus budget.
On July 28, I will host a budget forum to share with you the latest budget information as well as campus plans. In addition, over the next few days as plans and actions are finalized, I will provide you with updates in additional messages or via our Budget Central website.
While we are facing very difficult decisions and everyone is being asked to make sacrifices, we will continue to employ the following principles:
I look forward to seeing you at the Budget Forum (Thursday, July 28 at 3 p.m. in Arts 240) and keeping this dialogue open as more information is received and plans are finalized. I continue to welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for how we can reduce expenditures at Budget Central (www.csusm.edu/budgetcentral.com).
I am writing to you with good news about our WASC reaccreditation process.
At its meeting on June 17-19, the WASC Commission reaffirmed CSUSM's accreditation for seven years, with our next Institutional Capacity Review in the spring of 2016 and our Educational Effectiveness review for fall 2017.
Further, the WASC Commission letter to me highlighted the following regarding our recent Education Effectiveness Review:
The self-study process demonstrates significant campus participation and engagement and institutional commitment to the creation of a "learning organization" based on an emerging "culture of evidence" and key functions such as planning, assessment, and program review that the University continues to develop and strengthen.
Many individuals contributed to the WASC reaccreditation process, and the good work of the entire campus assured the positive outcome.
My thanks to you all for your contributions to making CSUSM an exemplary university.
For more detailed information about WASC's findings and our next steps, please visit the CSUSM accreditation website at: http://www.csusm.edu/wasc/.