SDSU trying to cope with budget crisis, and keep all classes intact

November 21, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — While San Diego State University is being forced to repay the state $2.7 million due to the state budget crunch, SDSU-Imperial Valley campus will continue to recruit teachers and strive to provide as many classes as possible, according to SDSU Provost Nancy Marlin.

On Wednesday, Marlin and the nine university deans met at Calexico's SDSU-Imperial Valley campus to figure out a way to scrape together the $2.7 million without affecting students directly in San Diego or Calexico.

Marlin said the grand total expected by the state from all campus in the California State University System is $35 million.

Normally, the deans meet at the San Diego campus twice a month. Marlin said the deans met here Wednesday for the first time in her three years as provost.


Marlin is second in command to university President Steven Weber and responsible for fielding all of the deans' budget requests, including the wish list of SDSU-IV Dean Khosrow Fatemi.

Marlin said the deans did not discuss anything other than the 2001-2002 budget during their morning meeting.

"Where are we going to come up with that money?" she asked rhetorically.

The answer won't be forthcoming anytime soon, she said.

The deans are waiting until Gov. Gray Davis' releases a preliminary budget in January before submitting their formal budgets.

In budget crises during the early 1990s, the university cut class offerings, she said.

This time the deans are trying to avoid doing that even though the prognosis for next year isn't bright. SDSU's financial year begins July 1.

In addition to the budget discussion, Marlin said the deans heard a presentation from Fatemi on his desire to see some of the programs enhanced here.

Locally, Marlin said the big issue is space.

She said the problems at the Imperial Valley campus are mirrored by the San Diego campus, as both have been struggling to find space for students.

To address the space issues in the Imperial Valley, Marlin is counting on the upcoming SDSU-IV Brawley campus as there is no room to expand the Calexico campus.

To help boost the international business program, she said she will meet with Mexicali education officials next week.

SDSU offers a program that allows students to attend SDSU for two years and a Mexicali university for two and graduate after the four years with bachelor's degrees from both.

Marlin and Fatemi would like to see that program expanded.

SDSU has around 600 students studying abroad but Fatemi has said that he would like to see a much greater percentage of local students and Mexicali students participating.

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