Upcoming actions in Sacramento will have a direct bearing on Cal Poly Pomona’s fiscal future, says President Michael Ortiz in his weekly video message. The Legislature must decide soon whether to approve a state ballot measure extending tax rates, placing the issue before the public in a June vote. In May, the governor will present his budget revise, which could forecast the need for more significant cuts to the CSU if legislators fail to put the tax extensions on the ballot.
The potential effects of the legislators’ actions highlight the need for supporters of the CSU to make their views heard. Advocacy can make a difference, Ortiz notes.
Another significant issue on campus is the possibility of converting from a quarter to a semester system. The Academic Senate is evaluating a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Committee on Potential Academic Calendar Conversion. Both views were presented to the Senate earlier this month, and both are available online (http://www.cpp.edu/~calendar_convert/pros_cons.shtml). The Academic Senate is holding a special meeting on the topic this Wednesday in CLA Building 98, Room P2-7.
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