From the 1960s through early 1990s, the CSU was largely funded by the State’s General Fund. This enabled the university to keep tuition fees at a very low amount because most of the system’s operating costs were covered by the state. In the 1990s, the state’s investment in the CSU began to lag behind the amount needed to fund enrollment growth, operating costs and capital improvements. Today, the system’s funding is a partnership between the state, students and their families. A CSU undergraduate education is still one of the most affordable in the nation.
From 2008-2012, the CSU lost $1 billion of state revenue. Due to budget constraints, the university has been forced to turn away 20,000 to 25,000 fully qualified students each academic term since 2008. The passage of Proposition 30 and Governor Jerry Brown’s multi-year funding plan has restored funding. However, the state’s contribution for academic year 2014-15 is equivalent to pre 2007-08 levels when the university served 50,000 fewer students. The current budget will enable the university to admit 9,900 additional students, sustain student success, pay mandatory costs, and provide a salary increase to employees.
The California budget agreement reached by Governor Brown, President pro Tempore de León and Speaker Atkins on Tuesday is good news for the California State University system, the state and most importantly, CSU students.
The additional $97 million in funds allocated for the CSU will amplify the university’s success in increasing graduation rates by enabling the CSU to enroll more students, expand success and completion efforts and address pressing infrastructure needs.
The funding will expand enrollment targets by approximately 12,300 students (10,400 full-time equivalent) for spring 2016 and fall 2016 and enables the CSU to hire more staff, academic advisors and tenure-track faculty. The monies will also bolster the CSU’s commitment to admit more community college transfer students in spring 2016 –priorities outlined in the Board of Trustees’ Support Budget Request approved in November 2014. (more…)
Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, center, stands with CSU presidents and representatives during CSU Budget Advocacy Day. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone) View more CSU Budget Advocacy Day photos here.
The Governor, Assembly and Senate have all recommended that the final budget act include more funding for the CSU. Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision includes an additional $38 million. The Assembly-approved budget includes an additional $97 million, and the Senate-approved budget includes an additional $199 million. These recommended allocations would be in addition to the $119.5 million identified in the Governor’s multi-year funding plan. While no firm decisions have been rendered about the university’s final funding allocation for 2015-16, these initial signs are favorable and point to the likelihood of the CSU securing additional funding in the final budget act. Campus and system advocacy efforts are credited with generating this overwhelming recognition of the CSU’s funding needs by legislative leadership.
(January 13, 2015) On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his 2015-16 budget proposal, which offers to increase the California State University’s General Fund allocation by $119.5 million, contingent upon tuition remaining flat. The proposal would also provide $25 million to address infrastructure needs and $25 million for innovation awards – partnerships or practices that promote completion of degrees within four years.