California Colleges Bracing For Deeper Cuts

SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – California’s revenue projections aren’t likely to meet expectations, which has the state’s community colleges and public universities bracing for another round of budget cuts.

As of July, state tax revenue was $539 million below projections and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott said that means the budget axe is about to fall again on higher education.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

“We could undergo $102 million in mid-year cuts,” Scott said. “That would of course be rather disruptive.”

The state’s 112 community colleges have already seen a five percent cut and raised fees by $10 per unit. But if the state doesn’t meet revenue projections, the system will have to raise fees another $10, cut the number of classes offered in the spring and some may not be able to offer summer session courses.

For the University of California and California State University systems, another $200 million in mid-year trigger cuts are expected.

Robert Turnage, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget for the CSU system said they’ll be able to survive if the cuts are temporary.

“If it were a permanent decrease to the money that we get from the state, than it would be devastating,” Turnage said.

A decision is expected in mid-December.

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  • alan

    Please cut the crust -admin, -not the chain gang -small potatoes. Cut %50 salary of top dogs, including the chancellor and other top movers and shakers. They do not need to compete with the private sectors as they claim and replace all Board of directors that are more sympathetic to student body.

  • Milan Moravec

    Deeper cuts at California Colleges and higher education University of California NOT necessar: Chancellor, Vice Chancellor Provost Faculty wage concessions save the day for Californians.Chancellors, Faculty University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) clean up at the expense of students, California taxpayers. Californians face prolonged stagnant economy, mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits.
    UC Berkeley shares economic pain of Californians? No Chancellor, Faculty layoffs or wage concessions.
    UC Berkeley pay raises, tuition & fee increases are arrogance. Apply for positions when chancellor, vice chancellor, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP wages better elsewhere. If wages are what commit faculty to UC, leave for better paying job. The sky will not fall on UC Berkeley.
    UC Berkeley wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. There is no good reason to raise salaries, tuition, fees when wage concessions available from Chancellors, Faculty.
    In the spirit of shared sacrifices UC Berkeley Faculty, Vice Chancellors, Provost, Chancellor:
    No furloughs.
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increase teaching load.
    10 percent decrease non-tenured faculty salaries, increase research, teaching load.
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    There is no question the necessary cuts will be painful to Faculty, Chancellors.

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge public trust gap with reassurances salaries of Chancellors, Faculty reflect depressed California wages.
    With UC’s shared economic sacrifices, the sky will not fall on the 10 campuses.
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