Cal Poly Pomona took a $30.8 million budget cut for the 2009-10 academic year, equal to about 20 percent of its total state allocation. The university will be forced to reduce its enrollment by an additional 2,000 students in the upcoming academic year to align the number of attendees with available resources. California is currently projecting a budget shortfall in excess of $20 billion.
“As one can imagine, this is an extremely difficult decision,” Director of Athletics Brian
Swanson said. “The economic issues that have gripped our state have had a far-reaching impact, and no one is immune. We are making this announcement now to provide those student-athletes the opportunity to further their experience at other institutions, should they desire to do so.”
The affected teams will continue to compete through the completion of the current academic year. All student-athletes with remaining eligibility will have the option of transferring or continuing their education at Cal Poly Pomona. Affected scholarship student-athletes will continue to receive their athletic scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year, should they choose to remain at the university. Salaried coaches will remain on staff until the completion of their current contracts in June.