Support for the Governor’s Proposed 2010-2011 Higher
Education Budget

AS-2945-10/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the proposed funding of California public higher education in his 2010-2011 budget; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU support, in particular, the proposed allocation of $305 million to backfill the previous one-time reduction to the CSU budget, which will be essential to initiate the fiscal recovery of the University; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU acknowledge and support the Governor’s efforts to provide an additional $60 million in funding for new student enrollment growth; and be it further

RESOLVED: That ASCSU urge the Governor and the Legislature to maintain the above allocations in the subsequent 2010-2011 budget development process; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Governor and the Legislature to recognize that, in light of the budget reductions to higher education in recent years, the allocation in the Governor’s proposed budget represents only a first step in the restoration of full funding for California public higher education in general and the California State University in particular; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Governor, leadership of the California State Legislature, the CSU Chancellor and Board of Trustees, campus senate chairs, and leadership of the California State Student Association.

RATIONALE: As a result of California’s on-going fiscal crisis, the California State University experienced a 20 percent cut in state general fund allocation ($600 million) over the past two years. As part of this reduction, in 2009-2010, the system experienced a one-time cut of $305 million in its general fund allocation. This has had a significant impact on student access, requiring the CSU to turn away 10,000 eligible students in 2009-2010 alone. The Governor’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 recognizes this problem and
backfills the $305 million one-type reduction and offers the prospect of additional monies to fund enrollment growth. While this, in and of itself, is not sufficient to completely address the on-going budget shortfall facing the CSU, it is a step in the right direction that should be acknowledged.

Approved Unanimously – May 6-7, 2010

 

 


 
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