CSU Budget Cuts
Money, money, money, either you’ve got it or you don’t. For college students, having money is vital to surviving college with the least amount of student loans or credit card debts. The only way to have the money for a college student to put themselves through college is either from parents or having a job or two, financial aid, scholarships or student loans. But how much money can a college student really ask their parents for, or work to have money, receive through financial aid, get through scholarships, or ask for student loans? The CSU budget cuts that are rumored to possibly take place are strongly opposed by college students and even the faculty. If the CSU budget cuts are carried out then that means the college students will not receive enough financial aid and potential students will not get admission. If the CSU budget cuts happen there will be fewer classes and teachers, which can affect the faculty to lose their jobs.
The article used for supporting the CSU budget cuts is called, “Governor plans $312.9 million CSU budget cut” (Calvillo and Daley, 2008).
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan is to take away $312.9 million of funding from the California State Universities for the years of 2008-2009, which is his budget cut proposal. Now at first it may seem as though this article is opposing the CSU budget cuts, but if you read it, it actually talks about what the Governor on California, Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to happen and why. The article talks about how the 23 CSU campuses receive funding depending on the enrollment of the students. Arnold Schwarzenegger says that, “I understand how difficult (the cuts) will be for many people, but we need to be fiscally responsible and spend only the money we have” (Calvillo and Daley, 2008).
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This article does have some parts where it opposes the CSU budget cuts.
In this articles when Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about how he understands the hoe difficult the budget cuts will be, he is using the term “pathos”. This is where he brings emotion and trying to connect with his audience. The first paragraph of the article talks about how Arnold Schwarzenegger referred to the year of 2008 as the “year of Education” (Calvillo and Daley, 2008).
Here when Arnold says “year of education” it is kind of unclear as to what this could mean. Does he mean to say that this is the year we attack education systems or does it mean that this is the year that we do all we can to better the education system. So that’s where we get a vaguely stated claim. The article also mentions who Arnold Schwarzenegger says that, “we need to be fiscally responsible and spend only the money we have” (Calvillo and Daley, 2008).
So does this mean that the money that was supposed to be for the California State Universities is now just the states money that can be used to barely pull itself out of the $14.5 billion deficit it is in?
The article used for opposing the CSU budget cuts is called, “CSU rallies against proposed budget cuts”, written by Leslie Griffy and Dana Hull. This article talks about how if the budget cuts are carried out then up to 10,000 qualified students can be rejected just because the California State University campuses do not have enough money to do so. This article talks about the consequences of the CSU budget cuts which can be that the students fees will be higher and the California State University budgets will be lower. So basically everyone affiliated with CSUs, students, faculty, administrations, will be losing money. It is very unfair that the money from California State Universities and college students is being taken in order to pay off the $14.5 billions deficit California is in. as the article carries on, a college students talks about how the budget cuts can force some students to have multiple jobs (Griffy and Hull, 2008)
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The types of reasoning being used in this article would deductive reasoning. As the article starts to talk about the main issue: CSU budget cuts, it is then followed by what the college students will have to pay, higher fees, in order to pay for those higher fees some students will need to multiple jobs, by taking multiple jobs students wont have enough time to study, with hardly any time to study their grades will drop, with grades dropping the college students might drop out of college to save up money to put themselves back into college, all as the article mentions. All of this reasoning can also be classified under the fallacy known as the “false cause fallacy” where one event causes another to happen but in this case it doesn’t really seem to be a “false cause” as to why some students will drop out of college and have multiply jobs. A non-factual claim made in this article could be when Liz Cara, president of the SJSU chapter of the California Faculty Association, “she noted that the cuts are not inevitable” (Griffy and Hull, 2008).
It is not a fact that she could be correct or incorrect. And what she said is not a fact.
Another source used to oppose the CSU budget cuts is a website designed about Arnold Schwarzenegger that has context regarding what Schwarzenegger’s ideas are and what he wants to do to solve California’s issues. The title of this website is called “California Dream Team” (California Dream Team).
When you click on the option for “Budget”, the website gives a brief description of what the plans are for California’s budget. It says that,
“To address this issue in the long-term, the Governor has proposed a constitutional amendment designed to bring stability to the state budget. This plan, which requires voter approval, is called the Budget Stabilization Act. If this plan had been enacted in 1998, the state’s structural budget deficit never would have become a reality” (California Dream Team).
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If we emphasize on the last sentence from the quote above we can figure out that the fallacy of “hasty conclusion” is being used. It seems to be a good conclusion but its the only conclusion presented which actually makes it seem weak and because it probably isn’t the only conclusion.
Taking money out of education funding just seems unethical. It seems as though it is the last place to get the money from. Instead of cutting the funding for California State Universities, maybe funding for other facilities should be cut, or may from places that won’t experience such a dramatic impact if they lost some funding. Why should college students, and sometimes college faculty, who suffer from already not having enough money to make it through college, have to suffer even more from the CSU budget cuts Schwarzenegger has proposed? I definitely think that this CSU budget cuts proposal should not be carried out. Being a college student myself, the only money I get for college tuition, book, and other college necessities is from the tiny amount of financial aid I receive each semester. My parents are not in the condition to put their two daughters through college themselves so the only reason I am able to go to college is from financial aid I receive, if the tuition goes any higher I will not have enough money to buy books, school supplies and food. What I also fear is how some faculties will be loosing their jobs especially since I am majoring in being a teacher. Those who will be most affected by these CSU budget cuts probably will be those of the lower class and even the lower middle class and even the middle middle class. In regards to gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, I don’t believe either one of those will be ostracized with the CSU budget cuts. It merely depends on if you’ve got the money in preparation of this proposal.
1. California Dream Team, Schwarzenegger, Moving California Forward. Retrieved April 23, 2008, from Join Arnold Web site:
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2. Calvillo, Michael, ‘and’ Daley, Chloe (2008, January 30).
Governor plans $312.9 million CSU budget cut. Retrieved April 23, 2008, from California State University, Scaramento Web site:
3. Griffy, Leslie, ‘and’ Hull, Dana (2008, April 03).
CSU rallies against proposed budget cuts. Retrieved April 23, 2008, from The Mercury New Silicon valley Web site: http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_8793446