Public Affairs

CSU Leaders Take Agenda to the Hill

March 3 , 2011

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed (right) meets with California Congressmen John Garamendi (left) and Dennis Cardoza (center) during CSU Hill Day.

California State University officials visited Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for the university’s priorities. CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees and university presidents met with federal lawmakers to discuss policy priorities including teacher preparation, college access and completion, workforce training, and applied research.

A key item on the agenda was fighting the proposed cuts to the Pell program. The CSU is the nation’s largest recipient of need-based Pell grants. If enacted, the cuts will mean nearly one-third of CSU students would likely be unable to attend college.

The CSU team met with Obama administration officials and members of the California Congressional delegation. They also met with Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, the current Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Did you know?
California State University alumni continue to have a strong Hill presence. The CSU boasts 16 graduates in the current Congress, one from Alaska and 15 representing California – comprising nearly one-third of the country’s largest Congressional delegation. CSU alumni include two newly elected members, Rep. Jeff Denham (Cal Poly SLO) and Rep. Karen Bass (CSU Dominguez Hills).