CSUDH Update from President García:
February 4, 2011
Dear Campus Community,
At the Academic Senate Meeting on Wednesday I had the opportunity to share information about the proposed budget that I want to provide to the campus community.
As you all are aware, Governor Brown has unveiled his proposed budget plan that includes a $500 million reduction to the CSU. His proposed reductions in conjunction with the assumed tax extensions will serve to eliminate an approximate $25 billion deficit for the State of California, and as he states “will get the budget in balance.” It should be noted that California is not alone with these challenges; reports indicate that thirty-five states are projecting budget shortfalls for 2012, and with no federal stimulus dollars available to help, we all have significant challenges ahead of us.
While these are hard times, our Campus is better positioned to address these fiscal issues because of some difficult decisions we have made together in the last several years and due in large part to all of your creativity and resourcefulness. We have eliminated a structural deficit and are consistently exceeding our enrollment targets. In my meetings with Academic Senate, the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the Chair of the University Budget Committee, and the Administrative Council, I have outlined the proposed reduction, how it will impact CSU Dominguez Hills, and our strategy to address the proposed reductions.
A $500 million cut to the CSU system will result in an 18% or $12.1 million reduction to the CSU Dominguez Hills budget for FY 2011/12. This will be partially offset by the 10% tuition/fee increase and bring our proposed reduction to approximately $10.1 million. The partial funding restoration in the 2010/11 state budget will help off-set part of this reduction. Finally, because we anticipate achieving our enrollment target in 2010/11, we will receive an additional one-time allocation from the Chancellor’s Office.
The University Budget Committee (UBC) last year recommended $4.2 million in divisional baseline reductions, but they were not implemented because of the partial restoration of funding for fiscal year 2010/11. This is good news in that we have worked through many issues and have a solid starting point from which we will begin our work. When we receive our allocations from the Chancellor’s Office, the UBC will reconvene to explore our options. Until then, I have asked the Vice Presidents to review their previously developed reduction plans, keeping in mind our campus priority – to best serve our students and preserve their path to a degree. Now more than ever, remaining focused on our strategic plan goals and initiatives will be critical as we work through the next steps.
I will continue to keep you informed via updates on Budget Central, in my bi-weekly DATELINE DOMINGUEZ letter, and through direct messages. I would like to remind you that your comments and suggestions related to the budget are an important part of the process. They can be shared through your Vice President or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your continued work on behalf of our students and the communities we serve. By working together we will emerge from this crisis stronger and more focused for the future.
Mildred García, Ed.D.