NOVEMBER 21, 2001
Contact: Mike Stepanovich - 661/664-2456 / mstepanovich@csub.edu

CSUB included in statewide budget cuts

California State University, Bakersfield is taking steps to pare nearly $700,000 from its 2001-02 budget after a second round of cuts was ordered in the wake of the state's budget shortfall.

The first budget cut was ordered by the CSU Chancellor's office on Nov. 7. In that order, each of the 23 CSU campuses was ordered to make a 1 percent budget reduction for the current fiscal year. On Monday (Nov. 19), the CSU was notified by the state Department of Finance to make an additional one-time reduction of $10 million systemwide.

CSUB's initial 1 percent reduction was $503,400; the second cut was $196,000, totaling $699,400 for fiscal year 2001-02. The CSU’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30.

"In response to these mandated budget cutbacks, we have taken the following actions," said CSUB President Tomas Arciniega:

• Instituted a hiring freeze on all positions with provisions to approve exceptions only after special review.

• Reviews by all cabinet officers of all base expenditures.

• Development of alternative institutional options or scenarios by each cabinet area to address the required budget reductions.

"We will be working closely with the cabinet the Academic Senate, the Budget Advisory Committee, the Associated Students and others on campus to carry out these mandated budget actions," Arciniega said.

Arciniega said he was confident "that we can handle the required budget cutbacks in a manner that will keep CSUB on a positive track. Be assured that we will continue to do everything we can to maintain our commitments to our students and to the academic mission of the university."

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