CSU, Chico News

Students Discuss Economic Challenges

Date: 05-04-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A variety of important economic issues will be presented at California State University, Chico’s Economic Challenges Series: State and National today, May 4, and tomorrow, May 5, from 6-8 pm.

The programs will take place in the Colusa Conference Center 100 B in the newly refurbished Colusa Hall. The public is invited to attend. A dessert reception will follow each program.

Tonight’s program will be introduced by Sandra Flake, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Gayle Hutchinson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Tomorrow’s program will be introduced by Frederica Shockley, chair of the Department of Economics.

The Economic Challenges Series: State & National, which debuted in 2010, provides participants with an overview of the ways the recent financial crisis, increased unemployment, budget cuts and the size of the national debt affect the U.S. and California economies. Student presentations will be followed by small group discussions focused on proposed solutions to economic challenges and budget dilemmas.

State topics will be the prison system and its impact on the state’s economy; the economic factors affecting California’s fiscal problems; the impact of budget cuts and tuition increases on the CSU system; and the budget process and the effects of representatives’ decisions.

National topics will be the problems facing the U.S. National Parks; the Social Security system and its long-term financial challenges; the cost of illegal immigration; and the question, is the U.S. losing its competitive edge?

For more information, contact the First-Year Experience Program office at 898-3705 or e-mail fye@csuchico.edu.