The SJC enrollment growth is part of the 8.5 percent jump in statewide college enrollments announced recently by the Utah System of Higher Education.
The positive figures were offset by recent news of a four percent budget cut announced by Mike King, CEU interim president. The cut amounts to $763,200 from the CEU budget that includes the San Juan Campus.
“The legislature and governor needed to find $272 million and looked to higher education for $65 million of that. While CEU’s share of the total may seem small in comparison, this will have serious impacts on budgets, both this year and next,” King said.
He added that the current year cuts would likely be funded from the Price Campus line item, where the college maintains funds from prior years that can be used to fill the shortfall.
Guy Denton, associate provost and director of the San Juan Campus noted the impact of holding harmless the Blanding Campus from current year cuts. “To have the Price Campus help us this year is critical – our smaller budget reduces flexibility to make such large adjustments without advanced notice.”
King noted that both campus will be affected in the next round of cuts. “Next year, all of our line items will face a four percent base reduction,” he said. CEU has four line items: Price campus, San Juan campus, Prehistoric Museum and Educationally Disadvantaged program.
College administrators begin preparing for the FY 2010 budget this month through meetings with the College Senate.