The number of Glendale Community College students transferring to California state universities dropped by more than one-third between the 2007 and 2010, upending a 10-year upswing. Officials say the change is directly related to state funding cuts affecting four-year schools.
During the 2009-10 school year — the most recent year for which data is available — 512 Glendale Community College students transferred to Cal State campuses, down from 806 students in 2007-08, the zenith of a decade-long trend that saw transfers grow by 67%.
The drop-off is rooted in the hundreds of millions of dollars cut from the California State University budget amid the economic downturn and mirrors what is happening at campuses throughout the state, officials said.
“The CSU numbers, we think, are directly related to their inability, due to budget cuts, to accept as many transfer students as they had been,” President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay said. “The spaces are so competitive. There just aren’t as many spaces available as there were.”