March 13th, 2013
On March 6, a delegation of CSU officials led by new Chancellor Timothy P. White promoted system priorities for 2013 in Washington, DC. In calling for maintaining federal higher education investments in human capital through student aid and in problem-solving research, CSU representatives highlighted the remarkable value provided by the system in terms of return on federal dollars. CSU advocates also outlined ongoing innovation efforts, including the use of online and other technology-assisted learning and resources, to improve student accessibility and outcomes. The CSU group engaged in a discussion with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), an alumnus of CSU Bakersfield. McCarthy noted that recent cuts had shrunk discretionary programs about as far as they could be and suggested that entitlement and tax reforms were the better approach going forward; he also called for retaining any short-term savings in the Pell Grant program for future years, when the program is expected to run a deficit. Chancellor White met with members of the Calfornia Congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle, and taped an episode of the television program Higher Education Today, where he discussed the role and future of the CSU system.