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With All Eyes on Next Round of CSU Funding, Faculty to Urge Board of Trustees to Fight for the CSU

With California set to elect a new Governor who will decide the 2019-2020 state funding for the California State University system, Faculty to ramp up advocacy efforts and call for Trustees to fight aggressively for badly needed funds for the People’s University

CSU Board of Trustees to meet in Long Beach, Sept. 11-12

Long Beach, CA— While September brings fresh energy from students and faculty back to California State University campuses, it also marks the beginning of the crucial budget process for the 2019-2020 school year.

And with a Gubernatorial election in November that will bring a new Governor to Sacramento who will determine the budget for the CSU, the faculty is preparing to ramp up its advocacy efforts to ensure the state’s new leader is aware of the level of funding necessary to support the People’s University. 

A big part of that advocacy will focus on the Trustees and the Chancellor, who will have an important responsibility to quickly bring the state’s new leader up to speed on the resources necessary to support the CSU system.

“To its credit, the current Board has had more lively discussions—and sometimes even debate—about the CSU’s funding than any board in our collective memory. We are mindful that this budget request will go to a brand-new governor,” notes CFA President Jennifer Eagan.

“So the coming meeting is an important opportunity to be more assertive, to ask for the money this university system really needs, for this generation of students, who are more diverse racially and ethnically than ever, and in a time when we need more college-educated people than ever,” Eagan says.

“It is time to upend the trend in which CSU funding got lighter as our students got darker,” she added.

At the upcoming CSU Board of Trustees meeting on September 11-12, California Faculty Association leaders and students from Students for Quality Education will challenge California State University Trustees and Chancellor Timothy P. White to be transparent about CSU spending so that the CSU can continue to fight aggressively to secure the appropriate additional funding it needs in the coming weeks and months.

The public meetings begin on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:30 am, including a session with the Committee on Educational Policy, which will provide an update on the Graduation Initiative 2025. The Committee on Finance will meet at 1:00 pm Tuesday and discuss a preliminary 2019-20 state funding request. Plenary begins at 8:30am on Wednesday.  Full agenda is available here and reporters can watch the meetings live here.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: California Faculty Association officers and activists will attend the Trustees meeting and will be will be available for comment and interviews.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 28,000 tenure-line instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at