Increase of $329.7 Million is Highest Ever
Gov. Gray Davis signed the 2000/01 state budget today (June 30), which provides a 12.7 percent general fund increase for the California State University over last year. The increase totals $329.7 million, the highest increase ever. The CSU general fund budget totals approximately $2.5 billion.
The budget includes funds for year-round operations, community service, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center, technology training for teachers, and the California Workforce Initiative, which funds high-demand fields such as nursing, agriculture, engineering, computer science and the biological sciences.
"The Governor and the legislature should take great pride in finalizing what may be the best budget for education that I have ever seen," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "This budget helps keep faculty salaries competitive, ensures access to high quality education for students, addresses the teacher shortage and funds training for a future workforce that will keep California's economy strong and quality of life high."
All the CSU items the Governor proposed in January remain in the budget, including the CSU's top two priorities -- access for students and compensation for employees.
The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) projections indicate that CSU enrollment will increase by 130,000 undergraduate students - or 37 percent - over the next decade. The CSU already has grown by 40,000 students since 1995, and projections indicate a 4.5 percent increase in full-time equivalent enrollment next year. The budget includes a $73.1 million general fund increase for those additional 12,577 full-time equivalent students predicted to enroll in 2000/01.
The budget includes $94.3 million for a five percent compensation pool for all CSU employees. The budget also includes $18.9 million for CSU systemwide priorities, much of which has been dedicated to salaries. The distribution of the funds will be determined through collective bargaining.
The budget also includes:
To accommodate Tidal Wave II, the dramatic increase in enrollment expected over the next ten years, the CSU needs to increase its capacity. That means moving to year-round operations, expanding off-campus facilities, using flexible scheduling, physical plant expansion, and improving the use of current facilities.
The following budget items address some of those issues:
Teacher Preparation Initiatives
California will need as many as 300,000 new teachers over the next decade, and about 30,000 teachers are currently working with emergency credentials, meaning they are not fully qualified to teach. The CSU trains about 60 percent of the teachers in the state and shoulders much of the responsibility for addressing this issue.
Some of the teacher recruitment and preparation items in the budget include:
New Campus and Off-Campus Center Development
Several new CSU campuses and off-campus centers will help address access issues. Continued funding for some of those includes:
California Workforce Initiative
The CSU produces about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees in the state. In fact, about ten percent of the state's workforce are CSU graduates. Therefore, the CSU shoulders much of the responsibility for meeting the state's workforce needs.
The budget includes $10 million in one-time money for the California Workforce Initiative, which will fund programs for high-demand fields such as nursing, agriculture, engineering, computer science and the biological sciences.
Service Learning and Community Service
More than 135,000 CSU students throughout the state perform a total of about 33.6 million hours of community service and service learning annually. That's a minimum wage value of about $193.2 million.
A new Trustee resolution requires that each campus ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in community service and service learning deemed appropriate by the faculty; that the Trustees endorse campus efforts to make service an expectation, condition or requirement for the undergraduate education experience; and that the chancellor report to the Trustees annually on CSU's increasing efforts to provide those opportunities to all students.
The budget includes $2.2 million to extend and improve CSU community service and service learning programs.
The budget also includes $18 million for technology and libraries and $5.2 million to repair damages to the CSU Hayward library that were caused by a fire in May.
Higher Education Partnership
An essential factor in the budget process is the Higher Education Partnership established last month between Gov. Gray Davis and the CSU and the University of California.
The partnership agreement 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.
Public Affairs Offices/Campus News