CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 11, No. 7, March 22, 2012

CSU Outlines Budget Options

At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting this week, university officials laid out a series of drastic options that will need to be considered if state support to the CSU is cut further. The CSU is facing an additional $200 million "trigger" cut if voters do not approve Governor Brown's tax proposal in November. That would be on top of almost a billion dollar or 35% reduction in state funding over the past two years.

The system has already decided to close enrollment for spring 2013 to all but community college transfer students who have earned an Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College. In all, CSU could be forced to cut enrollment by 20,000 to 25,000 students for 2013-14. More.

Dianne F. Harrison Appointed as CSUN President

Dianne F. HarrisonThe CSU Board of Trustees has named Dianne F. Harrison as president of CSU Northridge. Harrison, who has served as president of CSU Monterey Bay since 2006, will assume the CSUN presidency sometime in June.

She will succeed President Jolene Koester who served as CSUN president since 2000. More.

Students Give Financial Aid

A volunteer at CSUMB helps a community member file her taxesIn 1971, CSU Northridge professor Gary Iskowitz created a program to provide local taxpayers with free tax return preparation by accounting students. Iskowitz’s effort grew into a national Internal Revenue Service program called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Today, 12,000 VITA sites exist throughout the United States, providing both a valuable community service and a powerful hands-on learning experience for students.

More than 40 years later, the CSU still plays an active role in VITA. The IRS reports that 275,000 returns were filed at California VITA locations last year—and thousands of them were filed by CSU students. Nearly every CSU campus facilitates a VITA program where business and accounting students provide no-cost advice and assistance to senior citizens, people with disabilities, and anyone with an annual income less than $50,000. More.

CSU and CSUEU Reach Bargaining Agreement

CSU and CSUEU Reach Bargaining Agreement

Following earlier ratification by the California State University Employees Union, the CSU Board of Trustees voted on March 20 to approve a new three-year contract agreement, retroactive to July 2011.

The contract, which extends through June 2014, covers more than 15,000 administrative, technical support, healthcare and service workers throughout the CSU. More.

National Recognition for International Education

San Francisco State was one of only eight U.S. universities to receive the 2012 NAFSA Simon Award for Internationalization, which honors active and responsible engagement of the university community in global networks and partnerships. One other CSU campus, San Diego State, has also received the Simon Award. More.


In the news

SDSU Public Health Students Make Global Impact

In a venture between SDSU’s Graduate School of Public Health and several non-profit organizations, students and faculty traveled to Ethiopia where they collected and analyzed data with the hope of bettering the lives of orphans and vulnerable children suffering from HIV/AIDS. More.

Humboldt State Gets $400,000 for Business Internships

Over the next five years, Humboldt State University will be able to offer 150 paid internships to business students, thanks to a $400,000 gift from the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation. More.

Chico State Leads Study Abroad Consortium

Sending a total of 354 students abroad during the 2011-12 academic year via USAC and other study abroad programs, CSU Chico is now the number one school for student participation in the University Studies Abroad Consortium. More.

CSUN Event Provides Valuable Access to Grad Students

Graduate students from all over California will collaborate on discussions pertaining to California history at CSU Northridge’s seventh annual Whitsett Graduate Seminar and lecture. More.

CSUB and Chevron Announce New High School Academy

Made possible by a $200,000 grant from Chevron, the CSUB-Chevron High School Academy will give local high school students the opportunity to take free college-level courses in STEM fields at CSUB. More.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Post:
Fund Our Future

Thousands of CSU, UC and California Community College students marched to the steps of the capitol in Sacramento on March 5.

Their message was concise and direct: “Fund Our Future.”

CSU students march for higher education


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