Additional funds to expand student success initiatives and increase student enrollment

The Conference Committee of the California Legislature voted Tuesday to provide the California State University (CSU) with an additional $227.5 million in ongoing funds to amplify the university’s success in increasing graduation rates. This amount includes the $119.5 million identified in Governor Brown’s multi-year funding plan plus an additional $108 million in base budget support. The Conference Committee budget will soon be voted on by both houses of the Legislature and, if approved, will be advanced to the Governor for signature.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León in approving a budget that reflects the importance of the mission of the university in serving the students of California with high-quality degree programs,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.  “The continued success of our students and the future of our state depends upon the CSU.   We urge the Governor to stand with the CSU and prioritize the Conference Committee’s recommendations in the final budget act.”

The Conference Committee budget aligns with the priorities of the Support Budget Request, approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in November 2014.  The Conference Committee budget includes $97 million requested by the Board, $119.5 million identified in the Governor’s multi-year funding plan and an additional $11 million for a total base budget increase of $227.5 million for 2015-16.

The Conference Committee budget would enable the university to serve approximately 12,400 additional students in the next two academic years with priority given to California community college students who hold the Associate Degree for Transfer.  It also would bolster student success and completion initiatives, including hiring more academic advisors and tenure-track faculty, expanding eAdvising, increasing online course offerings, and scaling up successful practices that improve student achievement and degree completion. The proposed funding also would enable the university to upgrade campus technology infrastructure and repair and modernize academic buildings.

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