Academic Affairs 2004-05 Budget Development

Continuing Budget Challenges

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Visitors:

Attempting to address California's continuing budget crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes cutting $240 million or 9 percent from the California State University system for the 2004-05 fiscal year. The proposed reduction, together with the 2003-04 General Fund budget cut of $531 million, brings the two-year General Fund cut to the CSU to $771 million or 28.8 percent.

The Division of Academic Affairs has been actively planning for budget reductions since the spring of 2002, when I convened a budget retreat to ask the deans and vice provosts to reduce their budgets for the 2002-2003 academic year. We have continued to discuss the state's financial situation to ensure that the university emerges from potential budget reductions over the next several years as strong as possible.

Academic Affairs now faces a third year of budget reductions of unknown, but serious dimensions. As we develop strategies for managing this latest round of budget reductions, we invite your input. Please read the related documents we have assembled, and send us your comments, questions and suggestions. (See the "Comments" option on the left). We will post new updates about the budget to this site.

We look forward to hearing from you and to maintaining an open dialogue about how best to meet Chico State's mission, vision, and five strategic priorities in Academic Affairs.

Sincerely,

Scott McNall

Scott McNall
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
March 5, 2003

Provost's Budget Communications