California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees Proposed
Support Budget for 2012-2013

AS-3044-11/FGA

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend the
Board of Trustees on their proposed CSU support budget for 2012-2013, which seeks an increase of $315 million dollars over the current year’s budget (2011-2012); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU additionally commend the Board of Trustees for
seeking, as part of that budget, $95 million to be used for system-wide compensation increases; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize that, while the proposed 2012-2013 support budget is a start
toward restoring the funds that have been cut from the General Fund over the past several years, it is not by itself sufficient and urge the Board of Trustees to continue to seek additional funding until the reductions are fully restored; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to the Board of Trustees of the California State
University.

RATIONALE: The 2007-2008 fiscal year was the last year the state Legislative Analyst’s Office considered a ‘normal” year for higher education funding (i.e., when enrollment growth was funded and there were no large unallocated reductions). California higher education in general and the California State University in particular have experienced draconian cuts to their state support budget. Over this period the CSU experienced reductions of over $600 million in state support, a more than 20% cut in allocations from the state’s general fund. The consequences of this for the CSU have been severe: thousands of qualified students have been denied admission, tuition has increased dramatically and unpredictably for those students who are enrolled, classes have been cut, and problems of deferred maintenance have proliferated. The long-term damage to the CSU and its ability to fulfill its mission to the people of California will be severe if these reductions are not reversed. It is important, therefore, that serious efforts be made to restore the CSU’s base budget.

The Board of Trustee’s proposed CSU support budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is a
step in this direction. In addition we urge the Board to continue to press the state to
restore at a minimum the reductions to the General Fund support budget experienced
over the past five years as part of a broader strategy to secure adequate and reliable
funding for the CSU.

Approved Unanimously – November 3-4, 2011



 
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