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April 19, 2010


Sacramento State considers ‘impaction’

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Faced with severe budget reductions from the state and an increase in student applications, Sacramento State officials are exploring campus enrollment impaction for the 2011-12 year, an action that would permit the University to more directly control the number of students enrolled.

University officials presented their information to and sought feedback from students, faculty and staff during an April 14 forum.

A campus is designated as impacted when the number of applications from qualified applicants exceeds the funded capacity of the campus to accommodate them. Application data indicate Sacramento State could see an enrollment jump of 4 percent to 6 percent, and would not be able to financially provide quality academic programs, courses and support services to the extra students, says Ed Mills, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Support.

If impaction was declared, the campus would be able to apply additional admissions criteria to students outside its primary service area and accept them on a space-available basis. Those who live in the service area, such as seniors at local high schools or transfer students from local community colleges, would still be accepted if they are fully qualified under the current criteria. And some students outside the service area may qualify for admission based on hardships and/or special circumstances.

University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley says he and Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Varlotta will offer a recommendation regarding impaction to President Alexander Gonzalez during the coming week. If the recommendation is accepted by Gonzalez, the proposal would go to the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach for review and possible action.


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