Reports from the Standing Committees
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Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee
Praveen Soni (Long Beach), Chair
The Fiscal and Governmental Affairs (FGA) Committee of the Academic Senate deals with budgetary and legislative issues facing the CSU.
With the passage of Proposition 30, the CSU has staved off a $250m trigger budget cut; the CSU will be returning $132 million in tuition increases back to the students, bringing resident undergraduate tuition to 2011-12 levels, stated Executive Vice Chancellor Ben Quillian. The state will reimburse the CSU $125 million in 2013-14, which is $7 million less. In the interim, the CSU will be utilizing funds from Extended Education to cover about half of the tuition reimbursement with the other half being covered by the campuses.
The FGA Committee worked collaboratively on a resolution which supports the CSU Board of Trustees (BOT) proposed 2013-14 budget which requests an increase of $441.5 million, bringing the CSU General Fund Budget to $4.5 billion. The Committee also drafted a resolution urging the CSU BOT to reduce the one-third set-aside of the student tuition for State University Grants (SUGs) for a first reading.
All eyes are now on the 2013-14 Governor’s budget, the first draft of which will be known in January 2013.
The FGA Committee also met with Karen Yelverton-Zamarippa from CSU Advocacy and Institutional Relations, who talked about the CSU Legislative Scorecard that grades California state senators and assemblypersons based upon their votes on bills related to higher education and of concern to the CSU. Karen stated that 2011-12 was the first time the CSU has published this scorecard and is likely to continue to do so as part of an ongoing system-wide advocacy strategy to make elected lawmakers accountable for their actions.
The FGA Committee ironed out issues and concerns and streamlined the implementation of In-District Fall 2012 Advocacy, which the FGA is undertaking for the first time.
The FGA Committee, after a lengthy discussion, could not agree on a common course of action on the proposed three new fees on the CSU BOT agenda: Graduation Incentive fee, Third Tier fee and the Course Repeat fee.
Finally, the FGA Committee developed a shortlist of priority items for discussion with incoming Chancellor White. These are the need for a General Salary Increase, importance and value of shared governance, revisiting the mission of the CSU and aligning a new strategic plan, support for faculty professional development, positioning/branding of the CSU, importance of accreditation and the role of WASC as the accrediting body.