Realities of California's Budget Cuts

August 25, 2011

What's it like at a California public university after so many rounds of budget cuts? At San Francisco State University, enrollment over the last five years has stayed relatively constant at just under 30,000, but the same number of students must make do with 16 percent fewer instructors -- a decline of 61 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and 216 lecturers, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The article describes a professor holding a lottery to figure out who can get the last few spots in a class, and a physical plant so behind on repairs that people must wear hats and gloves in class for a few weeks in winter as the boilers slowly heat up.

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