Budget cuts at Fresno State the past few years have not exactly been a work of art. Students say it's like the state is constantly raining on their education.
Here's how the University proposes cutting $2 million... First, the number of schools or colleges would be reduced from 8 to 6 or 7.
For example, the colleges of social sciences, arts, and humanities would be combined. Fresno State Associate Vice President Dr. Dennis Nef says that would save up to $500,000. "It's really coming down to how many courses can we afford to teach, how many programs can we afford to offer. The programs we do have after this is over would be strong programs."
Here are some other cuts and savings students might have to roll with: $300,000 from curricular redesign, $225,000 in course restructuring, and $100,000 each in consolidations to graduate and undergraduate programs.
Officials say they've got to start making considerations now. They want input from students, and all academic units on campus before they make their final cuts.
It could mean layoffs. It could mean less majors. It could mean larger class sizes. Grad student Umaymah Rashid says what it does mean is an uncertain future. "At the state level, it doesn't seem like education is priority, funding for education is a priority, so we kind of feel like we're left out of the big picture."