CSU Office of the Chancellor -- May 23, 2000
Governor, CSU And UC Agree On
Partnership To Provide Stable Funding, Investment In Priorities And
Gov. Gray Davis, the California State University and the
University of California, have reached a partnership
agreement that will provide consistent, long-term funding,
additional investment in priority areas such as teaching
preparation, and accountability measures for California's
two four-year public higher education institutions.
"This partnership again demonstrates the Governor's
emphasis on investing in education and reaffirms a
commitment to accountability by the California State
University and the University of California," said CSU
Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Consistent, long-term funding
allows the CSU and its students to plan better financially.
In addition, the partnership invests in the state's most
important educational challenges - improving the quality and
quantity of California's teachers and ensuring access to
high quality education for all qualified students."
The four-year partnership agreement, which includes
specific commitments by the state and specific
accountability measures by the CSU and UC, takes effect
immediately and will continue at least through 2002/03. It
includes the following:
State Funding Commitments
CSU Partnership Commitments
- A four percent annual increase to the CSU and UC
general fund base. The CSU general fund support budget
for 1999/00 is nearly $2.2 billion, and when student fees
and reimbursements are included it exceeds $3
- Funding for enrollment growth, which is estimated at
about three percent annually. The CSU is experiencing a
surge that is projected to increase its enrollment from
about 360,000 students now to nearly one half million by
- An additional one percent budget increase to
eliminate the annual budgetary shortfalls in ongoing
building maintenance, instructional equipment and
technology and libraries. Contingent on the state's
financial position, one-time funding also would be
provided for these areas and for capital outlay.
- Funds for new initiatives such as off campus centers
or new campuses, research initiatives, outreach to
improve K-12 schools and the transition to year-round
- $210 million consistent with Proposition 1A, which
was passed by voters in fall 1998, and includes about
$832 million for the CSU to support capital outlay needs
from 1998/99 through 2001/02. The partnership also
provides for continuing capital outlay funding beginning
in 2002/03 through either a new bond or other state
- Annual review of the partnership goals, with
performance data linked to continued funding.
- Increasing student access through partnering with
K-12 schools to improve student performance and reduce
the need for remedial education for incoming
- Ensuring no fee increase larger than the increase in
state per-capita income. The state would have the option
of "buying out" the fee increases, as it has in recent
years, with general fund money. The CSU undergraduate fee
of $1,428, one of the nation's lowest, has not increased
since 1994 and has decreased by ten percent over the last
- Increasing the quantity and quality of California's
teachers -- especially in teaching mathematics, science,
English, and reading, and in the use of technology -- and
reporting annually on progress.
- Simplifying the transfer process from the community
colleges to the CSU through initiatives such as ensuring
that students will not lose credits or repeat coursework
by offering comparable courses that are therefore more
easily transferable. The CSU and community colleges
earlier this month signed an agreement outlining several
initiatives to improve the transfer process.
- Investing in the deferred maintenance backlog,
reporting on progress in eliminating deficiencies in
libraries and instructional equipment, and increasing
technology access for students and faculty to improve
instructional delivery and student performance.
- Improving efficiency through year-round operations,
reviews to consolidate and simplify CSU program
offerings, and ensuring all CSU students have the
opportunity to complete degrees in four years.
- Offering competitive faculty salaries with
merit-based pay to reward the most outstanding
- Increasing opportunities for all students to
experience community service or service learning.
Currently, more than 135,000 CSU students volunteer about
33.6 million hours annually.