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California cuts hit college outreach programs

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Jan. 27 that midyear budget cuts have taken millions of dollars from Californias outreach programs to disadvantaged students. Cuts planned for next year would eliminate those programs altogether, leaving about 750,000 students without the extra academic help and counseling they need to pursue college.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Jan. 27 that midyear budget cuts have taken millions of dollars from California's outreach programs to disadvantaged students. Cuts planned for next year would eliminate those programs altogether, leaving about 750,000 students without the extra academic help and counseling they need to pursue college.

The University of California and California State University systems offer dozens of outreach programs, which provide everything from tutoring to campus tours. However, the elimination of these programs is imminent with proposed cuts in higher education reaching $372 million for UC and $240 million for CSU.

The newspaper quoted H.D. Palmer, deputy director of the state Department of Finance, as saying the goal for higher education budget cuts was to remove funds in a way that “didn't affect classroom services.” The outreach programs “fell into that category,” according to Palmer.

Winston Doby, vice president for educational outreach at UC, said that the cuts would mean many California students “won't know college is possible.”

California's outreach program gained significance in 1995, when UC regents voted to ban the use of race and ethnicity in admissions.