February 10, 2010

Stimulus Funds Enable Sonoma State to Provide More Classes

The California State University will allocate $50.9 million in one-time funds to its 23 campuses to provide approximately 8,100 additional course sections system wide as well as retain additional lecturers for the fall 2010 term. At Sonoma State University, the allocation will bring an additional $1,225,000 to the campus.

This funding has been designated by Chancellor Charles Reed entirely for additional classes in the 2010-11 academic year. The Chancellor's Office estimates that this funding will result in 195 additional class sections for SSU in the Fall semester - courses that would have been impossible to schedule without it.

"What this means for students is that there should be enough classes scheduled to meet the needs of all enrolled students in 2010-11, while keeping class sizes and student faculty ratios consistent with high academic quality," says Eduardo Ochoa, SSU's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The CSU funds became available as a result of a $76.5 million one-time federal stimulus allocation that the CSU received and has used to help meet its payroll. In turn, the CSU will be able to use monies from state support and student fee revenues previously set aside for payroll to add the course sections.

The federal stimulus funds and associated CSU funds, however, must be used on a limited-term basis and not create ongoing spending.

Campuses were previously given an initial $25.6 million to add approximately 4,000 classes for the current spring term while the CSU awaited the governor's proposed 2010-11 budget to move forward with the remaining funds.

The governor's proposal for 2010-11 restores a $305 million one-time cut in the CSU's current budget and includes an additional $60.6 million in funding for the CSU's enrollment growth.

"The CSU has a strong starting point in what we know will be a long and uncertain budget process, and we want to provide students with as many courses as possible," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "This will help alleviate some of the shortages in classes helping students make faster progress toward their degree."

Jean Wasp
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