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CSU enrollment freeze: Tell us what you think

March 20, 2012 | 10:11 am

California State University Northridge

Talk back LACalifornia State University officials made a big announcement on Monday, saying that they plan to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses and wait-list all applicants the following fall because of budget uncertainty.

The university is moving to reduce enrollment to deal with $750 million in funding cuts already made in the 2011-12 fiscal year and position itself for at least an additional $200-million cut next year if the tax proposal fails.

The Times' Carla Rivera describes the move as a "high-stakes gambit" that could deny tens of thousands of students access to the state's largest university system. It also pressures voters to support a tax increase on the November ballot.

The majority of Cal State's 23 campuses won't be accepting any new students under the plan. Eight campuses — Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Sonoma — will accept only a few hundred students transferring from community colleges for the spring 2013 semester.

The university aims to reduce overall enrollment by about 3% if trigger cuts are ordered, with 20,000 to 25,000 eligible students turned away in fall 2013, Robert Turnage, Cal State assistant vice chancellor for budget, said Monday in a telephone briefing with reporters.

We're wondering what you think of this plan. Will it cause you to vote for a tax increase? Are you a student who had hoped to attend one of the CSU campuses -- or do you have children who were planning to enroll? Please tell us what you think and how this affects your plans.

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Photo: Students protest tuition increases outside the chancellor's office at California State University Northridge last summer. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

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