CSU Sees “Unprecedented” Enrollment Declines

Projected enrollment declines at Cal State University campuses are “unprecedented and deeply concerning,” Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester warned Tuesday.

CSU has projected 2022-2023 enrollment at 7% below the state-funded target of 383,680. 

“Should this enrollment decline become sustained it will present a fundamental and significant threat to our missions, to the fundamental viability of our universities and the future of the communities that we serve,” said Koester.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget includes a 5% increase for CSU schools, but it’s contingent on increasing enrollment.

Declining enrollment has a number of causes, including ongoing fallout from the pandemic and a declining birth rate.

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