CSU system cuts growth, but Stanislaus enrollment still rising

Though California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock would have welcomed a larger influx of money for enrollment growth, officials weren’t planning on it.

“We have enrollment growth money in the governor’s original budget,” Provost James Strong said. “We built that into our plans, into our schedule, into our budget. That hasn’t changed.”

Enrollment growth at the California State University system will be cut by half this fall – from 20,000 to about 10,000 students – after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.

California’s final budget agreement assumes a lower level of revenue and puts the system’s funding increase at $142 million, the same as committed to the University of California. Cal State had hoped for a funding boost of $237 million.

The university system sought $95 million more for more enrollment growth. Though the Assembly and Senate both supported the idea, Gov. Jerry Brown did not approve it.

The 23-campus university system received about 761,000 applications for the fall 2014 term – an increase of 14,000, representing about 2 percent.

The revised budget will accommodate 9,900 more students, meaning about 10,000 would be turned away.

The assessment was presented Tuesday to the board of trustees at its regular meeting in Long Beach.

At Stanislaus, the projected fall enrollment is 9,106, up from 8,917 in fall 2013.

“Had we received (the additional money), we would have ramped up and opened more sections,” Strong said. “We would have had more flexibility.”

Still, he said, the Turlock campus admitted all qualified students who filled out forms properly and met application deadlines.

“At this point, we have not turned away anyone who meets the requirements and deadlines,” Strong said.

Meanwhile, officials with the University of California system said Tuesday that the number of new students from other states and nations will continue to increase this fall.

The percentage of all new UC freshmen who come from outside California is expected to be 20.2 percent – up from 18.3 percent last year and 15.5 percent the year before, the Times said.

Administrators say the $23,000 that nonresidents pay annually on top of the regular $12,192 tuition helps support classes and financial aid for Californians.