On January 10, Governor Brown announced a proposed state budget for the coming year. We can be happy that the budget situation for Fall 2013 looks more stable than it has been for several years. Governor Brown confirmed $125 million to offset the 2012-13 fee refunds that campuses were required to provide after Proposition 30 passed in November. In addition, the Governor proposed an additional and unanticipated $125 million for the CSU and emphasized that improved graduation rates are expected with this additional funding. Given the Governor’s budget we are confident that we will have adequate funding for the schedule of classes for 2013-14. See the latest budget update on Academic Affairs website.
Fall 2012 enrollment was deliberately high to offset the anticipated Spring 2013 closure to new admissions mandated by the Chancellor’s Office; this has created a drop of nearly 10% in campus FTES from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. More.
Fall: We intentionally raised Fall headcount, gaining about $3m in fee revenue and offsetting some budget cuts. Average unit load reduced but was still second highest in campus history. Happily, there was no widespread increase in unmet course needs. Thanks to Senate action on GE, historic GE bottlenecks improved markedly.
Spring: The Chancellor Office-mandated closure to Spring 2013 admissions will cause a larger than usual Fall-Spring decline in enrollment and budget limitations will require that class offerings reflect the lower enrollment level. College FTES targets will be posted soon after Fall Census. We will use unit caps for Spring but move from 13 directly to 18 units, with the 18 unit cap in place well in advance of Spring semester. More.
As you know, we implemented a 13 unit enrollment limit for Fall 2012 to ensure that all students had access to courses despite a very challenging budget. We then increased the enrollment limit to 16 units on August 4. This process has been very successful in ensuring that new students were able to get adequate schedules during summer registration.
Our student headcount is very much on target. However, FTE is below target in several colleges. As a result, we are increasing the enrollment limit to 18 units to allow students to register in existing course sections that have not yet reached capacity. Students will receive information from Lynn Mahoney about this in a day or so. More.