ERIC Number: ED362081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
On the Brink: The Impact of Budget Cuts on California's Public Universities.
McCurdy, Jack; Trombley, William
This report attempted to measure the impact of 2 years of budget cuts on the University of California and the California State University systems. The research involved review of a variety of budget documents, analysis of planning done to cope with budget cuts, and interviews with local campus and systemwide officials and knowledgeable sources in state government. The project studied the Berkeley and Santa Barbara University of California (UC) campuses and the Long Beach and Sacramento California State University (CSU) campuses. Major findings include the following: (1) the two systems stand on the brink of disaster due to real and damaging cuts resulting in declined education quality, lost faculty members, increased class size, and other effects; (2) students are paying higher fees and getting less as University of California fees are now among the nation's highest, and CSU fees have increased 68 percent; (3) the CSU system has responded to the cuts by reducing enrollment while UC has not done so; (4) both systems have tried to protect academic programs and full-time faculty at the expense of almost everything else, and neither system has tried to identify strong programs that should be defended; and (5) leaders in both systems were slow to recognize the threat posed by budget cuts and have been even slower to devise plans for the future. (JB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Economic Impact, Educational Finance, Financial Exigency, Higher Education, Institutional Survival, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment, State Universities
California Higher Education Policy Center, 160 West Santa Clara Street, Suite 704, San Jose, CA 95113 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Higher Education Policy Center, San Jose.
Identifiers - Location: California