Center for California Studies
Center for California Studies, $3,544,000
(Center and Program funding total request)
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 (Sacramento State). 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 Sacramento Semester Program is an undergraduate internship program of Sacramento State which each spring semester places students in a variety of state government and legislative internship positions in Sacramento. Participants earn six units in internship credit plus six units in an accompanying seminar course in state government and politics, which allows participants to integrate their practical internship experience with academic work. The Sacramento Semester Program is open to students from throughout the CSU as well as other universities. The Faculty Research Fellows Program provides for directed faculty and staff research such as research papers requested by the Legislature and/or executive branch agencies, organizing and participating in conferences, seminars, symposia, and similar public services activities. The direct costs of administering the Faculty Research Fellows Program take the form of grants awarded to the researching faculty or staff.
The State appropriation request in the following program activities for 2013/14 total $3,544,000 which represents a $504,000 increase from 2012/13 General Fund appropriation amount of $3,040,000 for the Center:
Center for California Studies - $1,221,000
Capital Fellows Programs - $2,124,000
LegiSchool Project - $55,000
Sacramento Semester Internship Program - $50,000
Faculty Research Fellows Program - $94,000
Total Center for California Studies - $3,544,000
Center for California Studies, $1,221,000
As an education, research and public service unit of Sacramento State, the Center falls under the administrative responsibilities of the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Center's Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the President and reports to the Dean of the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Center's central office is located on the campus of Sacramento State. The central staff consists of the Executive Director, four Fellow Program Directors, a Fellows Outreach/Special Project Coordinator, and the LegiSchool Project Coordinator. The administrative support staff includes a coordinator of administrative services and budget and four administrative support assistants. Typically, the Center also employs one work-study student. The total of $1,221,000 in this category consists of salaries, benefits (at 47%) and supplies (10% of total of salaries and benefits).