CSU Statement Regarding Voters' Approval of Proposition 47

(November 6, 2002) -- "With Tuesday's vote, Californians have reaffirmed their belief that the future of this state rests in the quality of its educational system. Prop. 47 will help California build the clean, safe, and modern learning facilities that our students so desperately need," said Louis Caldera, the CSU's vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the CSU Foundation. Added Caldera, who served as president of the Prop. 47 advocacy coalition known as Californians for Higher Education, "We are grateful to the hundreds of faculty, staff, student, and alumni volunteers who worked tirelessly to promote this issue, and to the thousands of voters who showed their support."

Background

More than half of CSU facilities including science, computer and research laboratories are more than 28 years old and badly in need of renovation. In addition, more facilities are critically needed at CSU's 23 campuses to accommodate 130,000 new students expected by the end of the decade.

Prop 47 provides $496 million to the CSU's 23 campuses.

Historically, the CSU as well as other higher education institutions and the public schools in California have relied on voter-approved general obligation bonds to pay for capital construction projects since those typically are not funded through the state's General Fund.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses nearly 407,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job- ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever- changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is Working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow (562) 951-4806 cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu
Colleen Bentley-Adler (562) 951-4801 cbentley-adler@calstate.edu


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