Christopher J. Ortiz
According to today’s article, CSU is planning on leveling off
enrollment numbers, keeping numbers the same from last year, to
better handle the budget crisis it is facing. Ultimately this means
some students will be left out. Is it fair? No. But what other
option does CSU have?
It is almost guaranteed that CSU’s budget will hit the chopping
block this June. We could either keep our current growth rate and
all students will face larger classrooms and a greater student to
faculty ratio or we limit the number of new students. The option of
raising tuition is not effective enough to eliminate the dilemma of
choosing one of the two options because of the cap the Taxpayer’s
Bill of Rights puts on CSU and the state legislature’s ability to
Traditionally, women and minorities are most vulnerable when it
comes to tighter admissions. Hopefully the university can help
minimize the impact this might have on women and minorities.
Decisions such as this always come with the process of weighing
the consequences. Either way, people’s higher educational
experience is going to suffer but this is a position TABOR has
placed CSU in.
The editorial board feels that tighter admissions will
regrettably prevent certain new students from furthering their
education but if CSU doesn’t tighten admissions then the 25,000
plus students currently at CSU will see a decrease in the quality
of their education.