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Details: CSU plans to shut down most of 2013 spring enrollment

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Faculty and students protest budget cuts at CSU Dominguez Hills.

The 23-campus California State University system will shut down most of its 2013 spring enrollment — accepting only certain community college transfer students and then only at eight campuses — because of massive cuts to state funding, officials said today.

The eight CSU campuses that will accept students include Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Sonoma, said Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for CSU. The system typically receives about 70,000 applications for spring admissions and admits about 18,000 students most of whom are community college transfers, Uhlenkamp said. 

In this case, the system will only be accepting students who fall under SB 1440, a new law that gives students guaranteed admission in a CSU if they complete certain criteria and gain an "associate degree for transfer." Uhlenkamp said he believes the numbers of such students are "in the hundreds."


California State University plans drastic enrollment cuts

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UC San Diego ethnic studies major Diana Spix, right, rallies in support of continued state funding for Cal Grants.

California State University plans to limit enrollment to only community college transfer applicants for spring 2013 because of severe cuts to state funding.

Only eight of the system's 23 campuses will admit students, and only transfer applicants will be allowed admission, CSU Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage told the AP today.

Administrators say the system plans to reduce total enrollment by 20,000 to 25,000 students during the 2013-14 academic year if voters don't approve Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative in November.

Without approval, the governor's budget plan would hit the system with another $200 million in cuts for 2012. This comes on top of the $750 million cut this year.

University officials will explain the plan to the CSU Board of Trustee when it meets Tuesday in Long Beach.

Campuses do not need board approval to reduce or expand enrollment.


Cal State trustees approve limitations to executive pay

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Faculty union members staged an informational picket Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Cal State Dominguez Hills ahead of a planned one-day strike.

At their Long Beach meeting Wednesday, trustees of the California State University voted to cap the salaries of incoming campus presidents.

Under the new rules, the incoming presidents of Cal State’s 23 campuses cannot earn more than 10 percent more than their immediate predecessors.

Executive pay became a big deal last year as students, faculty and California’s governor protested the $400,000 salary trustees had approved for San Diego State’s incoming president. That salary was 33 percent more than the previous president’s salary.

Cal State has calculated new presidents’ salaries based on compensation at a list of universities that included private institutions. Trustees approved a new list of comparable institutions they say are more similar to Cal State campuses.


Education in brief: CSU board meets, L.A. Unified restructuring, teachers tenure weakens

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Protestors broke through a glass door at CSU headquarters in Long Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. A San Diego State student was one of several people arrested.

Lots going on in education today. Here's the rundown: 

The Cal State University Board of Trustees is meeting for in Long Beach and are set to debate and vote on changes to the system's executives' pay. You can listen to the discussion on their website. The meeting got off to an emotional start with public comment from angry students who asked the trustees to reconsider tuition increases, and said they would be held responsible for their actions.

Students at Monterey Continuation High School in East L.A. are performing their own plays — "2012 Meets 1970" — with professional actors tonight today and tomorrow. The students interviewed four former participants of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium including organizer Rosalio Munoz, visual artist Viviana Chamberlain, film and television director Jesus Trevino, and AFTRA director Consuelo Flores. More on this to come.