Advocacy and State Relations, The California State University

CSU Leaders Advocate for Budget

CSU leaders including Chancellor Timothy P. White were at the Capitol last week to meet with legislators regarding the 2013-14 CSU budget. Arriving on the same day the Governor released his May Revision to the budget, campus presidents and university community leaders met with legislative delegations to continue the discussion of reinvestment into the state’s higher education institution.

With the Governor’s May Revision not reflecting any new dollars above the already proposed $125 million from his January budget, CSU leaders were advocating for legislative members to consider a proposal that would provide funding specifically for enrollment growth. The CSU is requesting that the Legislature and administration consider a $54 million augmentation to the university’s budget which would open the doors to 15,000 additional students. This would allow the university a total of 21,000 new students for the upcoming year. Having turned away nearly 30,000 eligible students last year, the CSU’s number one priority is for reinvestment in its students.

“It is imperative that we get the message across that we all must work together, so we can protect the opportunities for our students and families, and the economic needs of the state,” stated Chancellor Timothy P. White.

In addition to advocating for additional enrollment funds, the Chancellor and 21 university presidents also spoke with legislative members regarding issues around stabilizing future tuition levels for students and also continued work on our graduation initiative.

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