Additional reporting by Online News Editor Daniel Wilson.
In an effort to cut their budget, the California State universities have vowed to freeze admissions and transfers for the spring 2013 semester if a taxmeasure is not passed on the November 2012 ballot, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 qualified students will be barred from enrollment, the Chronicle stated, if voters reject the tax initiative proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will temporarily increase California sales tax and impose a tax hike to individuals making over $250,000 to $500,000 a year.
This issue affects thousands of City College, students who were planning on transferring to a CSU school.
“It’s wrong to give false hopes to students,” City College student Yris Rodas said. “I will have to choose other options to further my education, look into private schools that might not benefit me, and money-wise, have to take out more loans.”
In a statement released last week by the City College Transfer Center, it was noted that eight campuses are still accepting transfers, including Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Sonoma. However, the campuses are only accepting students who completed an Associate of Arts/transfer degree or Associate of Science/transfer degree.
According to the statement, City College offers four programs that fit this criteria including four majors: communications, math, psychology and sociology.
“Sac State is hopeful that their campus will be allowed an exception to admit fully eligible upper-division transfer students from Los Rios District for spring 2013,” said the statement. “However, it is too early to know if this will happen, due to additional pending budget cuts.”
City College student Christian Encina is angered by the lockout.
“It’s raising the bare minimum on what it takes to go onto bigger and better things,” Encina said. “People who obviously have the potential to be in those CSUs are just taking up spaces here in the community college district, in places of people who need to be here—be it financially or personally.”
The San Francisco Chronicle revealed that students applying for fall 2012 admission will be placed on the waiting list until after the November election.
The City College Transfer Center statement advised students who are hoping to transfer in spring 2013 to be prepared for alternative plans. The suggestions were:
1) Apply to UC Merced for spring 2013 admission; see its website in May for details
2) Apply to Sac State for fall 2013 during Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 2012
3) Apply to the University of California universities during Nov. 1 – 30, 2012
4) Apply to California private (non-profit) colleges www.aiccu.edu
5) Apply to out-of-state public universities participating in the Western Undergraduate
Exchange program http://wiche.edu/wue.
The Transfer Center also advised students to continue checking the City College Transfer
Center webpage at www.scc.losrios.edu/transfercenter and/or www.csumentor.edu for
updates on the situation.
More information and updates are available at the Transfer Center in Rodda North 147, which can be contacted at (916) 558-2181.