News Release

California Faculty Association Applauds Increased Funding for the CSU

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s news conference, CFA leaders are available to discuss an unprecedented 8 percent proposed increase to CSU funding

Sacramento, CA – The California Faculty Association applauds Gov. Gavin Newsom for starting the 2019-20 state budget process with recommendations for greater investment in the California State University and freezing tuition.

“This is an unprecedented start and a serious investment in California’s students,” said Jennifer Eagan, President of the California Faculty Association. “Now the CSU will have enough money to enroll more students, provide appropriate levels of mental health services for students, and improve tenure track hiring.”

Gov. Newsom’s proposal includes a $562 million increase to the CSU for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Of that, $300 million is in new, ongoing general fund money, and $262 million would be one-time funding for various programs, deferred maintenance, and addressing student hunger and homelessness.

“For decades, the CSU has been chronically underfunded and we have long hoped leaders in Sacramento who will do everything possible to preserve the People’s University,” Eagan said. “CFA believes in Governor Newsom, a long-time higher education advocate who has a strong record of fighting for funding for the CSU and supporting faculty and students.”

To schedule interviews with CFA leaders about the budget, please contact Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967, Niesha Fritz, ‪916-281-8785 or Lisa Cohen 310-395-2544.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 28,000 tenured and tenure-track 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