|President Michael Ortiz|
On Thursday, Governor Schwarzenegger released his proposed state budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The governor's proposal cuts $312.9 million from The California State University next year. The impact on Cal Poly Pomona would be about 5 percent of that number.
While the governor's proposed budget is an important step in determining the state budget, we are still very early in the process. However, it is imperative that we are proactive and our community is engaged in the process. In the coming days, I will implement a plan that will call for a faculty, staff and student team to analyze our projected cuts and make recommendations. This process will allow us to manage our budget towards our expected enrollment target.
Education and communication about our budget are equally important. We have developed a series of budget cafes for all sectors of the campus that we will roll out in late January. These discussions are designed to educate our community about our sources of funding and the budget process.
These are not easy times. The Chancellor is projecting that 10,000 qualified students will not be admitted to the CSU next year. The gains made in enrollment for under-represented students are in jeopardy. At Cal Poly Pomona, our enrollment will be flat, meaning that we will enter Fall 2008 with the same enrollment as Fall 2007, impacting the number of students we will admit.
I am confident in our ability to deal with this challenge. The process is just beginning. Please trust that I will keep you current with new details when they become available.
Thank you for your continued support of our students.