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To live up to its mission teaching the state’s workforce, the California State U. needs the funding in the legislature’s budget plan sent to Gov. Brown today
STATEMENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION • Jennifer Eagan, President

Monday June 15, 2015

We are pleased that the California State Legislature has decided to restore more of the funding that our state university system needs.

After years of deep funding cuts to public higher education, there is much rebuilding to do. And, rebuilding is urgent if California is to produce enough college-educated people to keep our economy moving and our democracy healthy.

In all the arguments over dollars, a simple fact can be lost—the California State University, with its 23 campuses– has put college degrees in the hands of 3 million Californians so far and provides quality education to hundreds of thousands more each year.

The faculty of the CSU wants everyone to remember that this kind of education is an investment, not a cost.  When we invest in our people, we invest in our state’s future.

The future is closer than we may think. Indeed, as the Public Policy Institute of California has demonstrated, by 2025—just 10 years from now– our state economy could find itself with one million too few workers with college degrees. (See the PPIC research at http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=835)

If we are to meet this challenge we must do more now.

We call on Gov. Jerry Brown to meet this challenge by signing a budget that retains the full allocation the legislature has committed to the California State University.

That amount is an increase in funding for the CSU of $227.5 million, which is $70 million more than Gov. Brown proposed in May.

And, we hope the governor, our elected officials, and voters will keep in mind, there is still a long way to go to refill the deep hole created by the damaging cuts to public higher education made starting in 2008.

The California Faculty Association represents the approximately 26,000 faculty on the 23 CSU campuses, including Tenure-Line and Lecturer Faculty, Librarians, Counselors and Coaches.

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