May Revise on the horizon, increased CSU funding among budget considerations

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise of the state budget will be released tomorrow, which will include his final recommendations for CSU funding. 

In January, Newsom proposed increasing the CSU budget by an additional $562 million in ongoing and one-time funds, as well as a freeze on tuition. Faculty and students have expressed appreciation for the reinvestment in the People’s University, and last week, hit the Capitol to advocate for budget allocations that would directly benefit student learning conditions. 

Gov. Newsom acknowledged that our advocacy, and the long-term relationship we’ve built with lawmakers, continues to make an impact.

“I’ve seen you not only at the Trustees meetings, sometimes animated and engaged, and I have seen the work behind the scenes as well—always constructive, always enlightened, always with an eye on getting folks to recognize what a jewel we have (in the CSU),” Gov. Newsom told CFA activists and students during our Lobby Day reception last week. “…What you’re doing at scale is jaw dropping. There is simply no broad access university system on planet earth that generates more talent, that conveys more talent, than this system.”

While CFA supports the Governor’s allocation we are proposing that of the additional funding, $62 million would be used to increase access for 8,571 students; $35 million would be used to hire more tenure track faculty, and $20 million would be invested in improving counselor-to-student ratios. 

The standard recommended by the International Association of Counseling Services ensures that there is at least one mental health counselor per 1,500 students. Currently, only five out of 23 CSUs meet that professional recommendation. Click here to download a flyer about our budget advocacy.

“These improvements to the CSU, by way of allocated funding, would go a long way to not only improving the CSU, but to improving the quality of life for our colleagues, our students and California families,” said CFA Vice President Charles Toombs. “It would mean more permanent faculty in the classrooms able to mentor students, more spots available for qualified students, and improved access to the counseling services that help our students successfully navigate stressful situations. All of those are gains that have long-lasting, positive impacts on our university system and the people we serve.” 

Check CalChannel for coverage of Newsom’s announcement regarding the May Revise.