CSU Chancellor Releases Statement on 2018-19 State Budget

This is a Statement from California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White

“By providing sufficient funding to the California State University in the state’s 2018-19 budget, Governor Brown and the legislature made a wise decision that will provide California and Californians with both immediate and far-ranging benefits.

On behalf of the entire CSU community, I want to express our collective gratitude to Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon, Senate President pro Tempore Atkins and the many legislators who had the vision to choose CSU. That is a decision that will advance California.

This investment will enable the CSU to enroll more students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and prepare them to improve their communities and lead the industries that are driving California. This is vital to our state’s future.

Funds for Graduation Initiative 2025 empower the CSU to provide more opportunities for students to earn a high-quality degree than ever before. We will be able to expand efforts to improve student achievement by offering more course sections. Campuses will also be able to invest in faculty, advisors and technology to guide students to those classes, streamlining their pathways to degrees.

With additional one-time funding, we can invest in critical improvements to our aging infrastructure that will improve students’ learning environments, and increase campus efforts to address student well-being.”

In the final 2018-19 state budget, the California State University will receive an ongoing increase of $197.1 million as well as $161.1 million in one-time funding to expand enrollment, address deferred maintenance, and bolster campus efforts to support student well-being.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 484,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.4 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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2 comments

  • I like stars too!

    Interesting that the focus of increasing enrollment is primary here. If they just want to increase their market share, without attention to housing the students, or improving the qualities of education, it seems unlikely that progress will be made.

    Yes, many students choose CSU, since the cost is relatively low, and services are available in sort-of-convenient locations. CSU seems to be the “lowest denominator” in the education equation…

    Students should consume higher education carefully, since there are many options! If the CSU system does not meet your needs, or seem to be particularly involved in creating housing and services to make staying near your school easier and more palatable, you have many, many other possibilities.

    A small increase in funding is a significant gesture, but HSU, at best, seems to be failing to house and serve the students it already has, and offers poor salaries to potential employees.

    From my point of view, the entire CSU and UC system has lost the focus of “quality education” in favor of “maximum enrollment”, and both UC and CSU have experienced considerable “mission drift”.

    I sent my kids to private colleges out of state. The costs were lower, and the financial aid was much better.

    In a crowded state, consume higher education carefully, and be an advocate for improvement.

    • It is true that the idea that education is the way to ensure a good income has now translated to everyone should get a degree. That it has lead to poor results is not apparently a question allowed to be raised as the universities and colleges have invested heavily in volume marketing and poorly prepared students are not going to be rejected to the cost of the bottom line.

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