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... About budget cuts to public universities, such as at the State University of New York (SUNY), and the California system of public higher education, “... a vital resource that must be funded and cannot sustain further cuts,” said California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz, in response to the governor’s budget proposal for the 2010—11 fiscal year. The plan seeks to close California’s $19.9 billion budget gap through a series of spending cuts and tax maneuvers. The California State University (CSU) portion of the plan includes the restoration of $305 million.

In New York, the governor’s proposed budget for 2010—11 would cut SUNY’s operating budget by $118 million. Combined with $410 million in budget reductions during the past two years, SUNY would be losing more than half a billion dollars in state support. United University Professions President Phillip Smith is urging state lawmakers to reject the cut to SUNY.


... About a dramatic growth in male enrollment in community colleges across the country, with many institutions reporting that 2009 male enrollment rates increased as much as 35 percent from 2008. While female students still outpace the number of male students attending community colleges, the American Associate of Community Colleges reports that with the overall growth in enrollment, the increase of male students is slightly higher, closing the gap between the female and male student population. Community college administrators attribute this growth to recent job losses and the new GI Bill.

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