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Issue #10
January 2011

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Gov. Brown Proposes Deep Spending Cuts for CSU

Gov. Jerry Brown has released his 2011-12 state budget proposal that calls for a $500-million reduction in state support for the California State University, equal to an 18 percent reduction.

The proposed $500 million reduction in state support for the CSU is also a "best case" scenario because it assumes an extension of the current temporary tax increases due to expire at the end of the fiscal year. The governor is seeking to hold a special election in June to ask voters to approve the tax extensions, which will provide approximately $10 billion in revenue for California. However, if the tax extensions do not pass, the CSU may face additional reductions beyond the proposed $500 million cut for 2011-2012.

CSU plans to redouble efforts already underway to identify operational efficiencies throughout the system, but officials emphasize that a cut of this magnitude will have other impacts.

"As we have before, we will need to look at every option in order to develop a comprehensive plan to address a reduction of this magnitude," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "There will inevitably be difficult choices as we move forward, and no single solution will be enough to meet this challenge."


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Report Highlights Education Disparities Among Asian American and Pacific Islander Subgroups CSU Super Sunday Events to Start Feb. 13


A new report, released by the University of California in collaboration with Assembly Member Mike Eng, documents significant education disparities among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California.

The UC report, "The State of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Education in California,” disputes the myth of the “model minority” that often is used to characterize American students of Asian descent. Among key findings, the report shows that particular AAPI subgroups have disproportionately large high school dropout rates and poverty and/or limited English proficiency that heighten the risk for dropping out of high school and college.

The study results corroborate the California State University's 2010 Early Assessment Test findings about academic preparation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. According to the 2010 EAP results, some Asian subgroups, including students of Samoan, Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong and Guamanian descent, have very low levels of college readiness compared to those of other Asian subgroups.

To help correct the disparity, the CSU last year began working on an initiative to improve college access for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities. As part of the consultative phase of the initiative, the CSU met in October with AAPI community leaders to inform them about the project and to discuss strategies to enhance the students' and families' understanding of the educational opportunities available to them and the qualifications needed to successfully enter college and obtain a degree.

The following links provide a one-page summary (.pdf) and the full report (.pdf) of the UC study.

To read about the Asian community leaders' discussion with CSU officials click here


CSU leaders are getting ready to deliver their annual Super Sunday messages at more than 100 predominantly African American churches around the state in February.

The 2011 Super Sunday events will take place over three Sundays. On Feb. 13, in Bakersfield, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will speak at the 11 a.m. service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church; on Feb. 20, events will take place at nearly 60 churches in Northern California, and on Feb. 27, services will take place at about 40 churches in Southern California.

For more information about participating churches, times of services and locations, go to the Super Sunday website.

CSU Office of General Counsel Among Honorees for AB 540 Defense Work

Andrea Gunn, university counsel in the CSU Office of General Counsel, will receive the Guardián de Justicia (Guardian of Justice) Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, on March 5.

She and the other members of the defense team were selected for their work in the Martinez v. Regents case, which resulted in a California Supreme Court ruling upholding AB 540 in November 2010.

AB 540, enacted in 2001, is a California law to exempt students who meet certain eligibility requirements from paying nonresident tuition at California public colleges and universities.


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