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Things You Need to Know about Cal State’s Support Budget Request Augmentation

Toni Molle



​​​At the November regularly scheduled meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees, the Board will discuss, review and approve the CSU's Support Budget Request Augmentation for additional resources from the state to meet the university's true operating needs.  The Support Budget Request Augmentation prioritizes continuing the CSU's commitment to Graduation Initiative 2025, expanding student enrollment, increasing compensation for faculty and staff and fulfilling current commitments, funding the highest priority academic facilities, infrastructure and deferred maintenance needs and covering mandatory costs. Once approved by the Board, the Support Budget Request Augmentation will lay the framework for resource allocation and will be the singular focus of the CSU's budget advocacy efforts. 

Here are nine things to know about CSU funding and the Support Budget Request Augmentation:

1.      The CSU has two primary funding sources.

Half of the CSU's revenue comes from the state general fund provided by the state legislature and governor, and the other half from systemwide tuition and fees paid by students and their families. The CSU's annual support budget is $5.4 billion.

2.      The Support Budget Request Augmentation represents the CSU's actual fiscal needs.  The 2017-18 request includes an increase of $343.7 million in state funding. With an increase in funded student enrollment, the university will realize an additional $18.8 million new tuition revenue and will have the ability to admit 4,250 new students. 

3.      The CSU is a responsible fiscal steward of the state's public dollars and the development of the Support Budget Request Augmentation and advocacy efforts reflect the university's commitment to providing students with quality degree programs, improving completion rates and closing all achievement gaps. The CSU is a discretionary part of the state budget. CSU funding is not guaranteed in statute. Budget advocacy is a year-round priority, and the Support Budget Request Augmentation is built from extensive consultation with campus and system leaders, faculty and students.

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4.      The top funding priority for 2017-18 is Graduation Initiative 2025.  To meet the workforce demands of California's economy in the years and decades ahead, Chancellor Timothy P. White launched Graduation Initiative 2025. The goal of the initiative is to improve opportunities for a more timely graduation for all students, including doubling the four-year graduation rate from 19 percent to 40 percent, achieving a 70 percent six-year graduation rate, shortening the time to degree for transfer students, and closing the achievement gap among low income and underserved students. Increased state funding will improve tenure-track faculty hiring, academic advisor ratios, eAdvising, college readiness, and use of data to ensure resources are dedicated to the most important factors leading to overall student success.

5.      The CSU has not fully recovered from the Great Recession. During that time, state support was cut by $1 billion. Since then, there has been a gradual reinvestment in the university. Today, 65 percent of state support has been restored.  However, the CSU remains 35 percent below pre-recession levels. The loss of funding during the Great Recession continues to impact the CSU.

6.      The Board of Trustees request (if approved) will ask for an additional $167.7 million in state funding. The governor and legislature continues to invest in the CSU but the anticipated funding allocation for 2017-18 isn't sufficient to meet the needs of the university and to enable the CSU to attain the ambitious goals of Graduation Initiative 2025. The governor's administration has indicated a preliminary plan to increase the CSU's annual allocation in 2017-18 by $157.2 million.


7.      Advocacy is the CSU's top priority to obtain the resources needed to fulfill the university's critical mission. The CSU's highest priority is to continue to advocate for and pursue increased state funding to fully cover the Support Budget Request Augmentation. The CSU will continue to work with stakeholders and partners including trustees, students, faculty, staff, union leaders, alumni, business partners and friends to make the case in Sacramento for the level of new funding that supports the CSU's commitment to greater student success.

8.      Advocacy efforts are already underway and accelerating. CSU and CSSA leaders have been meeting to coordinate budget advocacy and messaging activities. Union leadership recently committed to join in these efforts. CSU leaders, students, faculty and staff, CSU stakeholders, community partners, business leaders and legislators will be urged to #StandWithCSU.

9.      A tuition increase is a decision of last resort.  The goal is to seek a state funding increase to fund the $168 million gap.  A potential tuition increase and/or significantly scaling back support budget request priorities will be considered if advocacy efforts to increase state funding are not successful. The potential increase, not-to-exceed $270 per resident undergraduate student, would take the annual tuition price from $5,472 per student to $5,742. Similar proposed maximum increases would be made to non-resident tuition, as well as graduate, doctoral, and teacher credential programs. The proposed tuition increase would generate up to $77.5 million in revenue systemwide, after one-third is set-aside to increase the State University Grant program. This set-aside will help cover the cost of the increase for students with the greatest financial need.

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