Center for California Studies
Capital Fellows Programs, $2,124,000
The Center for California Studies operates as a public education, public service and applied research office of Sacramento State 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 Sacramento State 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 student fees for the 64 fellows. There are also operating expenditures associated with administering the program calculated at 10 percent of the direct costs.
Currently (for 2012/13) the enrollment fee for a part-time graduate student (six units) is $2,698. The budget proposal presumes a 10% increase in graduate student fees from 2012/13 to 2013/14. The Center is requesting the projected increase in the part-time graduate student fee along with the associated operating expenses increase. Participants in the four Capital Fellow Programs are enrolled as graduate students at Sacramento State and the program budgets have always included funds to pay required graduate student fees.