State budget includes $97 million more for CSU

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $167.6 billion budget today, which includes an additional $97 million for the California State University.

Thanks to the hard work of CFA members and its allies—who lobbied legislators and wrote more than 1,300 emails to the governor in recent weeks—the CSU system received $97 million more than what was originally allocated in Brown’s 2015-16 Fiscal Year budget. Of that, $11 million is specifically earmarked for the hiring of tenure-track faculty, which will improve the ratio of tenure-track professors to students and provide opportunities for lecturer faculty to move into tenure-track ranks.

CFA applauds Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, President Pro Tempore Kevin De León and the Legislature for recommitting the state to increased funding for the CSU.

“This is an important victory for our students, faculty and the state of California,” said Jennifer Eagan, president of the California Faculty Association and a professor at Cal State East Bay. “It’s been wonderful to work with committed lawmakers who see value in investing in public higher education. The CSU provides access for many students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to obtain a college degree—a civil right that should be upheld.”