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CSU Allocates Funds to Increase Spring Courses

October 26, 2009

The California State University will allocate $25 million in one-time funds to campuses to provide additional course sections and classes for students, as well as student support services.

At Cal State Fullerton, the additional funding of $1.65 million will enable the campus to offer up to 264 additional courses in spring 2010, announced President Milton A. Gordon in an Oct. 22 memo.

"We hope this will provide some relief for students who have had difficulty enrolling in an adequate number of classes, as well as help students make progress toward their degree," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The additional classes will also allow us to retain a number of lecturers for the winter and spring terms."

Systemwide, CSU campuses will add up to approximately 4,000 additional course sections and potentially retain up to 800 lecturers for the winter/spring term.

These university funds are available thanks to an additional $77.5 million, one-time federal allocation that will help CSU to meet its payroll. In turn, 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 CSU will reserve the remainder of the funds against what continues to be uncertainty about the state’s fiscal condition. However, the federal stimulus funds and associated CSU funds are one-time only, and must be used on a limited-term basis and not create ongoing spending.

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