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State Budget Agreement Affirms CSU’s Commitment To Student Success



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The California budget agreement reached by Governor Brown, President pro Tempore de León and Speaker Atkins on Tuesday is good news for the California State University system, the state and most importantly, CSU students.

The additional $97 million in funds allocated for the CSU will amplify the university’s success in increasing graduation rates by enabling the CSU to enroll more students, expand success and completion efforts and address pressing infrastructure needs.

The funding will expand enrollment targets by approximately 12,300 students (10,400 full-time equivalent) for spring 2016 and fall 2016 and enables the CSU to hire more staff, academic advisors and tenure-track faculty. The monies will also bolster the CSU’s commitment to admit more community college transfer students in spring 2016 –priorities outlined in the Board of Trustees’ Support Budget Request approved in November 2014.

“The California State University applauds Governor Brown, President pro Tempore de León and Speaker Atkins for standing with the CSU by agreeing to a budget that supports the university’s relentless focus on student success,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “This investment expands opportunity and access to quality-degree programs, supports hiring more faculty and staff, and enables the university to scale the programs and services that increase degree completion. This investment in CSU’s students, faculty and staff serves the public good as a wise investment in the fabric and future of our state – which depends on a knowledge-based economy to provide social mobility for all Californians.”

The committed leadership of President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Speaker Toni Atkins, Senator Marty Block, Assembly Minority Leader Kristen Olsen and Assemblymember Jose Medina and their efforts to rally the Legislature to stand with the CSU allows the university to promote student success through opportunity and prepare students to become leaders in California and beyond.

The agreement and the Conference Committee budget, approved by Legislative leadership last week, as well as budget trailer bills, will be considered by both houses of the Legislature this week. Once approved, the budget bills will be submitted to the Governor for signature. A final budget is expected to be approved in late June.