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April 14, 2003

In an April 14 opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, President Robert A. Corrigan comments on the California fiscal crisis and the importance of funding public higher education. He wrote that the size of the state’s budget deficit is dwarfed by the magnitude of demographic trends. Five years from now, President Corrigan wrote, the U.S. will graduate the largest public school class in its history and next year alone, the CSU system will absorb growth almost as large as the entire SFSU campus.

"As California’s lawmakers grapple with the onerous task of figuring out how to pay today’s bills, it is only reasonable to ask higher education to share the pain," President Corrigan wrote. "Our message to legislators is clear: Make the cuts as you must, but make them small and short-term. Public universities will need to rebound quickly and respond to historic demands for a college degree."

Read the full column at the Chronicle Web site.

For links to this and other budget-related news, bookmark the California State Budget page on the SFSU Web site.

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