CSU chancellor declares impaction

Number of students systemwide to decrease by 10,000

Students applying to Chico State University for the fall 2009 semester should get their applications in by Nov. 30. Anticipating less revenue, the university is planning to accept fewer students for next year and is likely not to extend the deadline.

For the first time in its history, the California State University system is being declared impacted, which means it will reduce its total number of students by about 10,000, from 460,000 to 450,000, beginning in fall 2009. The state’s huge budget deficit—now estimated at $28 billion by the end of fiscal year 2009-10—is forcing the change, said Chancellor Charles B. Reed in a telephonic press conference Monday (Nov. 17).

The system is already over-enrolled by 10,000 students, and with further cuts it won’t be able to provide the courses students need to graduate, Reed said. At most campuses admissions will be accepted only until Nov. 30. To apply online, go to www.csumentor.edu.