President's Message: CSUEB Will Continue to Meet Budget Challenges

  • October 22, 2008

To: The Campus Community

From: President Mo Qayoumi

Re: Meeting Budget Challenges

Today, all California State University employees received an e-mail from Chancellor Charles Reed in which he reported that the state Department of Finance has directed the CSU to cut $31.1 million from the budget signed by the governor on Sept. 23.

The chancellor noted that this year's CSU systemwide budget provided $2.97 billion from the general fund, about the same amount received last year, but $215 million less than needed to meet enrollment growth and other operational needs at the 23 campuses.

The only significant source of additional revenue for the CSU is $73 million from the student fee increase. However, the impact of that increase will be diminished by the announcement that CSU must cut the additional $31.1 million. More cuts are likely to follow in the coming months.

The complete text of the chancellor's message is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.calstate.edu/executive/communications/081023.shtml.

Impact on CSUEB

Cal State East Bay's multi-year budget plan, adopted last year, will provide the structure to guide the university through obstacles to come and permit us to address our seven mandates.

I have asked members of the Cabinet to carefully review division budgets to determine where efficiencies can be developed while preserving our strategic direction. They also will offer recommendations on how to modify our plans based on the expected reductions.

Of particular assistance at this time will be regular consultation with the University Planning, Assessment and Budget Committee and the faculty's Committee on Budget and Resource Allocation.

While we have yet to determine the precise impact of this latest cut on our campuses, we will be taking many of the measures encouraged by the chancellor to manage the reduction without impacting instruction, student services, or public safety. Based upon their strategic value to the University's mission, travel will be reduced, selected purchases may be deferred, and there will be delays in filling some vacant positions.

I continue to count on the University community to come up with creative solutions to the fiscal challenges that face us. At the same time, I encourage you to spread the message of the importance of higher education - and Cal State East Bay, in particular - to our state and the region.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to this great University.

BZ











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