The spots they are hoping to fill next year, the prospective students will be cautioned, could evaporate if the governor's push to raise taxes in November fails. The letter also will say no admissions decisions will be made until a few weeks after the election, a departure from the usual policy of notifying applicants beginning in October.
The likely take-away: Vote Yes on Proposition 30 to help boost your prospects.
"Because enrollment capacity is tied to the amount of available state funding, the campuses will be able to admit more applicants if Proposition 30 passes and fewer applicants if the proposition fails," says a draft of a letter to be emailed to applicants at CSU Monterrey Bay starting Oct. 1.
If the measure passes, it says, "the
The next, and final, line of the letter contains the only acknowledgment of arguments against Proposition 30 in the form of a link to the No campaign.
"We wanted to give students and parents some sense of context as to why we are [holding] applications until the end of November," said Claudia Keith, spokeswoman for the
Anti-tax advocates say
At least one university official has more riding on Proposition 30 than the impact it could have on the classroom. Steven Glazer, who sits on the
In an interview Friday, Glazer said trustees were not involved in the decision to send the letters. He called it a "day-to-day system management issue" and said, "I was not consulted on it."
But Glazer said he supports the move. "It is entirely appropriate to provide material facts to students and families that could affect our admissions decisions," he said. "Our enrollment and our budget are intricately tied together."
If Proposition 30 fails, Brown has said, each of the two public university systems will lose $250 million in state funds.
Officials at the University of California said they are trying to educate people about the measure through a website but have no plans to send letters.
At CSU, the letters are part of a bigger effort to focus public attention on Proposition 30. University officials have warned repeatedly about disastrous consequences if the measure fails.
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