CSU Budget Update

Lawmakers Review Governor's Revised CSU Funding Proposal

Last week, lawmakers in Sacramento reviewed funding for the California State University in Governor Brown’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

The Governor’s plan includes a $125 million increase for the CSU. The university is grateful to see California’s elected officials advocating for reinvestment in higher education for students and for the state’s economic future. The Governor has also proposed -- for the first time since 2008 -- a “Multi-Year Stable Funding Plan” that would provide greater predictability for students and families as well as for the CSU’s 23 campuses.

As currently proposed, the multi-year plan has several conditions that CSU is taking a hard look at to make sure the package is consistent with the university’s mission. Among these would be an increase in student graduation tied to four-year rates instead of the standard six-year measurement which is the national benchmark. While increasing student success is critical to CSU, several of these performance measures do not account for the university’s large population of part-time students or other students who are not able to complete their coursework in four years. Currently, the CSU is participating in a national partnership to improve graduation rates and has launched its own Graduation Initiative intended to increase the systemwide graduation rate by eight percent and reduce the current achievement gap by half.

The next few weeks will be critical as the legislature will continue their budget negotiations moving towards the state constitutional budget deadline of June 15.

Updated Friday, May 10, 2013

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