News Release

CFA on vote by California State University Trustees to raise system-wide tuition next academic year
Statement from CFA

The following statement may be attributed to Dr. Jennifer Eagan, President of the California Faculty Association, and a professor at California State University East Bay.

We are deeply disappointed that the California State University Board of Trustees has chosen to solve our university system’s funding problems by reaching deeper into the pockets of our students and their families.

Those of us who teach the more than 450,000 CSU students striving to earn their degrees are painfully aware that the CSU system is severely underfunded.  We feel it in our classrooms, in talking with our students, and in how many faculty and staff struggle to support our own families.

And at the same time, we are well aware that returning to the failed strategy of piling ever-increasing costs and debt onto CSU students will never solve that problem.

Taking the route of imposing higher tuition and more loans on students is a form of privatization, —transferring the scarce private resources of our students and their families to fund what is really a public good from which all of California benefits.

It is simply not fair. 

And, it is a betrayal of today’s Californians by earlier generations who benefited from public support for California’s “People’s University.” The CSU ensured previous generations access to the quality public higher education it takes to rise up and succeed, but are depriving our current students who are increasingly first-generation college students and students of color.

We sincerely appreciate those Trustees who tried to chart a new path forward by voting no on this tuition increase.  We challenge all the Trustees and CSU administrators to join with CFA and our students to move out of the board room and into the Capitol, to go to every public space where we can make the case for fully restoring resources to this enormous—and well proven—public good, the California State University.

Beyond this year’s budget, we need solutions that will sustain the CSU for the long term, that truly fill the hole in funding dug over decades. The real solutions will be based on courage and hard work that ultimately resurrect a commitment to public higher education, which is essential to California’s future. 

Replenishing funding to the CSU will not be easy.  And, if the Trustees are ready to do some really strong advocacy work, CFA will be there to work at their side.

In any case, we will redouble our efforts to pass AB 393 that will stop this tuition increase and require the Board and the Chancellor to think creatively and work harder to find better ways to make public higher education truly reachable for Californians.

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