Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU Trustees Discuss 2013-14 Budget, Online Learning and Efficiency

Governor Jerry Brown and CSU Chancellor Timothy White at the January 2013 CSU Board of Trustees meeting

The CSU Board of Trustees discussed Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2013-14 budget and its effects on the CSU at the Board of Trustees meeting on January 22 and 23. Governor Brown recommends increasing state funding for the CSU by $125.1 million, in addition to reinstating $125 million that was lost in last year’s budget as part of a tuition rollback.

As part of the $125.1 million, the Governor calls for $10 million of the proposed state funds to be directed to expand online education. With a push for online initiatives, such as recently launched Cal State Online and San José State Plus, the CSU hopes to reduce costs for students and provide access to more classes.

Additionally, Trustees approved a Title 5 change to reduce the number of units required to graduate to a maximum of 120 units for semester campuses/180 units for quarter campuses. Reducing the number of units required would increase the availability of classes and reduce the time to degree for most students.