2011/12 Supplemental Documentation

Center for California Studies

Capital Fellows Programs ($2,069,000)

The Center for California Studies operates as a public education, public service and applied research office of CSU, Sacramento devoted to promoting the understanding of California's history, cultures and public policies. As part of its public service responsibilities, the Center administers the nationally renowned Capital Fellows Programs. The programs include the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, the Executive Fellowship Program, the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program, and the California Senate Fellows. Through these programs, 64 fellows are selected to spend close to one year working with the California Legislative, Executive or Judicial branches of government. Fellows receive a modest stipend and benefits in exchange for full-time professional work in state government. The fellows are enrolled as graduate students (six units) at CSU, Sacramento and participate in a carefully planned educational program built around their governmental experience.

The direct costs of the Capital Fellows Programs consist of stipends, benefits and tuition and fees for the 64 fellows. There are also operating expenditures associated with administering the program calculated at 10 percent of the direct costs.

Participants in the four Capital Fellows Programs are enrolled as graduate students at CSU, Sacramento and the program budgets have always included funds to pay required graduate tuition and fees. Currently (for 2010/11) the tuition and fees for a part-time graduate student are $1,994. The budget proposal presumes a 10 percent increase in graduate student tuition in 2011/12.

The increase in the Capital Fellows category is the increase in cost of the graduate tuition along with increases in the cost of benefits.