LONG BEACH - An infusion of federal stimulus funds will allow Cal State Long Beach to add about 600 course offerings this fall, officials said.

The California State University is allocating nearly $51 million in one-time-only stimulus funds to campuses for additional course offerings for the fall 2010 semester. Cal State Long Beach's share will be about $3.7 million.

Many public universities and community colleges have reduced course offerings this academic year as a result of state budget cuts.

"Hopefully this will help to alleviate some of the shortages in classes, and students will be able to make faster progress toward their degree," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a released statement.

CSU officials in November announced they were allocating about $25 million in federal stimulus funds for additional course offerings during the current, Spring semester.

The Long Beach campus' share of that total amounted to $1.85 million, sparing about 200 courses from elimination, CSULB officials said at the time.

The CSU system had held back some stimulus funds until Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released his proposed 2010-2011 budget. After reviewing the proposed budget, CSU officials last week announced they felt comfortable releasing more stimulus funds to add courses to the fall semester, as well.

State budget cuts have caused Cal State Long Beach to reduce its student enrollment this academic year. CSU employees also are taking mandatory unpaid furlough days.

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