Claremont Insider: State's Finances Force Cal Poly Budget Cuts

Friday, June 12, 2009

State's Finances Force Cal Poly Budget Cuts

You may have heard that Cal Poly Pomona was forced to cancel a good chunk of its summer school classes - those paid for by state funding - thanks to the state's continuing budget problems.

Cal Poly's website carried this announcement:


The onset of massive budget cuts to the California State University (CSU) has forced Cal Poly Pomona to cancel state funding for the 2009 summer quarter. All classes that had been scheduled for Summer 2009 are now cancelled with the exception of Study Abroad and Early Start programs. This cancellation includes classes that had been scheduled to begin on June 22 and July 29.

To support student graduation requirements, the university will offer a fee-based summer schedule through the College of the Extended University beginning on July 13. These fully transferable accredited courses meet Cal Poly Pomona degree requirements. Formal admission to Cal Poly Pomona is not a requirement. Stafford Loans, Pell Grants and Work Study may be available for regularly admitted students. Suggest the classes you would like offered by clicking on the green button on this page.

University business operations will remain open throughout the summer on a 4/10 schedule. For more information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fee increasing are in the offing as well, and Cal grants are another item on the Sacramento chopping block, something that would affect students at private colleges like the 5C's as well as state schools.

For the foreseeable future, students, faculty, and administrators at college campuses all over California will have set aside their frustrations and deal with the fallout from the state's fiscal crisis. Over at Cal Poly it means the university will have to find a way to cut $20-35 million from its budget.

Cal Poly President Michael Ortiz spent a few hours yesterday at the school's student center talking to students and faculty about the problems they face. The Daily Bulletin's Canan Tasci reported on the meeting:

For two hours on Thursday, Ortiz and his staff responded to a multitude of comments, suggestions, personal and specific questions pertaining to graduation, fall schedule, housing and financial aid.

"It was very informative but I still feel there were some questions I'd like to be answered," said graduate Justin Baron. "We still don't know if student housing and parking fees will increase as a result of the budget cuts."

Ortiz said the university doesn't know a number of the students' answers because the state has not yet completed its budget for the next year.