News Release

CSU Faculty head to Sacramento to fight for increased Public Higher Education Funding in 2018-19 State Budget

At First Hearing on Higher Education Funding in the Next State Budget, California Faculty Association Leaders and California State University students to Make the Case for the funding the California State University Really Needs

WHO: California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan and California Faculty Association Treasurer Susan Green will make comments at the hearing. Students from Sacramento State also will attend and make comments.

WHEN: February 20, 2018 at 3pm

WHERE:  Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance public hearing in Room 447 of the State Capitol

WHAT: At this first legislative hearing on California’s public higher education systems’ funding in the 2018-19 state budget, CFA leaders will make the case to lawmakers that additional state funding is critical for the California State University, a proven economic driver of California’s economy.

BACKGROUND

The CSU—which is known as the People’s University because it is a primary pathway to a bachelor’s degree for working people in California— is turning away tens of thousands of qualified students who were promised a seat in the university by California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. More than 31,400 eligible students were denied admission in 2016-17 and a similar number were turned away this academic year.

Without a dramatic change in funding policy, many more students are likely to be excluded in the future. Research shows that California’s economy will suffer if more Californians do not get college degrees.

The CSU budget debate began when the CSU’s Board of Trustees proposed an insufficient $263 million increase in funding at the November 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. CFA responded by calling for an increase of $422.6 million in state funding for the CSU, less than 7% of the CSU’s total 2017-18 operating budget. The funds would increase access to the CSU for an additional 18,205 students.

In January, CFA and CSU advocates, including some CSU Trustees, were extremely disappointed when the Governor announced his proposed budget of just $92.1 million in additional funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The hearing on February 20 will mark the first consideration by the state Legislature of public higher education funding during the state budget cycle. CFA leaders and CSU students will testify on the need to increase funding so the CSU can improve enrollment growth and help stave off yet another tuition increase.

At the most recent CSU Board of Trustees meeting in late January 2918, the tuition hike was front and center and the policy was debated. A day before the meeting, Chancellor White postponed the Board’s vote to raise student tuition until at least May. The faculty is urging the Board to join its fight in Sacramento to convince the Governor and the legislature to increase funding for the CSU and to prevent a tuition hike.

“It is getting harder for our students to get into the CSU and to be able to afford to stay,” said Jennifer Eagan, CFA President.

Eagan added, “This state has drifted too far away from the mission of public higher education—to provide access to affordable, high-quality education to all Californians. Right now, though the state economy needs more college graduates to prosper, we are increasingly shifting costs onto individual students. Our elected leaders have a duty to stop that trend.”

For more information on the hearing and to schedule interviews with CSU faculty members, please contact Alice Sunshine or Niesha Fritz.

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 calfac.org

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