|JC Vera/OC Weekly|
In the wake of draconian statewide budget cuts, California State University is taking one of its most drastic measures to date. It is closing the door on spring 2013 enrollment at most of its campuses, officials announced on Monday
. That means about 16,000 students who would have appeared in classrooms with backpacks and cans of Red Bull will have to either wait or look elsewhere for a college education.
The enrollment freeze is part of the university's
effort to deal with the $750 million budget hit it took this year. If Californians don't approve a proposed tax increase, which has not yet qualified for the November ballot, the university will lose another $200 million next year.
While new students won't be admitted next spring at 15 of the 23 campuses (it's uncertain which ones), 500 students at community colleges who are part of a special graduation-track transfer program will be allowed to transfer into eight CSU campuses: San Francisco, Cal State East Bay, Sonoma, Channel Islands, Chico, Fullerton, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, according to SFGate