Federal Relations

CSU Priorities for 2015

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The California State University consistently provides an outstanding return on federal investments in its students, institutions, and research. With 23 campuses and approximately 460,000 students, the CSU is the largest bachelor and graduate degree university in the world, providing access – and success – for unprecedented numbers of low-income students. Each year, 100,000 new CSU graduates enter the workforce across all economic sectors.

Improve College Access through Aid to Students:

Teacher aiding studentThe CSU remains one of the nation’s best bargains. Significant state and institutional grant aid helps our neediest students. Federal financial aid programs remain critical to CSU students from low-income families, including over 201,000 who rely upon need-based Pell Grants. More than 40,000 Pell recipients receive CSU bachelor’s degrees each year.

Policy Priorities

  • Support cost of living increases in the maximum Pell grant; retain any program surplus for future years; make grants available to students for year-round study
  • Invest in Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Work-Study with focus on need
  • Prioritize resources for institutions serving the greatest number of students with need

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Prepare Students for College:

Teacher and StudentThe CSU is on the cutting edge of partnering with P-12 to improve student readiness and to measure the performance of CSU-trained teachers. The federal government is a vital partner.

Policy Priorities

  • Provide robust funding for effective pipeline programs like GEAR UP and TRIO and expand pre-K investments
  • Maintain strong federal partnership with colleges and universities to transform the preparation of America’s teachers and school leaders
Foster Degree Completion for California's Diverse Population:

The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees granted to California's Latino, African American and Native American students, and is a leader in transitioning veterans to the civilian workforce. Federal capacity building programs and targeted grants help bridge the completion gap.

Policy Priorities

  • Maintain strong support for Hispanic-serving and other minority-serving institutions
  • Address the needs of America’s veterans on campus and smooth their transition to the civilian workforce
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Educate Students for Tomorrow's Workforce:

Chemistry Students 100,000 annual graduates drive California's economy in the information technology, life sciences, agriculture, business, education, public administration, entertainment and multimedia industries.  Targeted federal programs help propel their success.

Policy Priorities

  • Support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, including funding for the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship programs
  • Invest in USDA Hispanic-serving Institutions National Program
Solve Societal Problems through Applied Research:

In laboratories, at field sites and through programs at the CSU, students, faculty and collaborating scientists advance California’s capacity to address key issues of significance to our state and nation. Federal investments are vital to continued progress.

Policy Priorities

  • Maximize opportunities for comprehensive universities to compete for federal resources, including in STEM programs included in the America COMPETES Act
  • Maintain strong NSF, NIH, Department of Energy and NIST funding
  • Invest in Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACU) and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture (NLGCA) programs
Enhance Campus Infrastructure, Health and Safety:

State-of-the-art facilities and innovative programs help make campuses vibrant and safe and secure for all.

Policy Priorities

  • Fund Justice Department programs that provide grants to assist campuses with addressing sexual violence
  • Support investments in US Economic Development Administration infrastructure programs that provide campuses opportunities to partner with their communities, improve facilities, and promote strategic economic growth
Promote State and Private Support for Public Universities:

State funding for public institutions of higher education is critical to keeping tuition affordable.  Federal incentives can help boost state and private support for and partnerships with public universities.

Policy Priorities

  • Encourage state investment in public higher education through funding incentives and, wherever applicable, state “maintenance of effort” provisions
  • Advocate policies that promote philanthropy and a positive climate for university advancement