California's winter is sure to be a cold one for colleges.
On the chopping block is $1.4 billion in cuts for public colleges. Out of those cuts, $400 million will be cut from our state's community college system. Both the University of California and Cal State University stand to be hit with $500 million in cuts, with tuition increases at UC and CSU campuses already approved.
The way the budget proposal is currently laid out, there is no real funding for growth at any public community college or university. The Cal State system originally planned to grow its numbers. Not anymore. The UC system was hoping to keep enrollment numbers steady. Not going to happen. Prior to the budget proposal, UC Berkeley planned to lay off 150 staff members. Many UC campuses have already decreased their athletic programs.