2010/11 Executive Summary

Center for California Studies and Special Funds

Center for California Studies ($3,340,000)
Fiscal Year 2010/2011

The 2009/10 appropriation of $3,040,000, adjusted by the 2008/09 $71,000 mid-year reduction is the approximate funding level the Center for California Studies received in 2004/05. In the five years since, both the level of graduate student fees charged by the CSU and the benefits costs of both Center staff and Capital Fellows have increased significantly. It is important to note that, unlike other CSU units, the benefits costs of CSU, Sacramento employees assigned to the Center are paid from the Center's line item appropriation. Additionally, the Center covers the benefits and cost of graduate student fees for the 64 Capital Fellows. Indeed, approximately two-thirds of the projected shortfall is attributable to benefits costs of CSU, Sacramento employees assigned to the Center and the graduate student fees.

The Center for California Studies is a unit of the CSU whose mission is to promote understanding of and effective participation in the political and policy processes that govern the State of California. Central to this mission is the administration of the Assembly, Executive, Judicial, and Senate fellows programs and the LegiSchool Project. The fellows programs provide "on the job" experience on the policy-making process to 64 fellows who are studying California government issues at California State University, Sacramento. At the same time, these students provide valuable services to the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government. The LegiSchool Project provides high school students a "hands-on" opportunity to participate in legislative debates on issues that directly impact them. The State appropriation request for 2010/11 totals $3,340,000 for the following program activities.

Center for California Studies ($1,318,000)

As an education, research and public service unit of CSU, Sacramento, the Center falls under the administrative responsibilities of the CSU, Sacramento president. The Centerís Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the president and reports to the President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Center's central office is located on the campus of CSU, Sacramento. The central staff consists of the Executive Director, four Fellow Program Directors, and a Fellows Outreach/Special Projects Coordinator. The administrative support staff includes a coordinator of administrative services and budget and five administrative support assistants. Typically, the Center also employs one work-study student. The total of $1,318,000 in this category consists of salary, benefits (at 45%) and supplies and services of $120,000 (10% of total salaries and benefits).