Support for the “Stand with the CSU” Budget Initiative
RESOLVED: That while the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) appreciates the Governor’s proposed $142 million increase to the proposed California State University (CSU) support budget for 2015-2016, it also recognizes that this increase is insufficient to fully address the needs of the CSU identified in its Board of Trustees’ 2015-2016 budget request; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge all members of the California Legislature to support a further augmentation of the CSU support budget by at least the $97 million necessary to fully fund the CSU Board of Trustees budget request; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge all members of the California Legislature to formally show support for the budget augmentation by signing a letter of support for the CSU’s “Stand with the CSU” initiative that is directed to this end; and be it further
RESOLVED: That ASCSU distribute this resolution to all members of the California State Assembly, all members of the California State Senate, CSU Board of Trustees, AVC Karen Y. Zamarripa, CSU campus Senate Chairs, the California Faculty Association (CFA), the California State Student Association (CSSA), the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU), and the California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA).
While the Governor’s proposed 2015-2016 support budget for the CSU provides a significant increase in the CSU operating budget, it is insufficient to meet the challenges faced by the university resulting from both high student demand and the consequences of major budget cuts in recent years. The CSU has been forced to turn away between 20,000 and 30,000 fully qualified students over the past five years, yet the Governor’s budget would fund a one-percent enrollment increase of only 4,000 new students. Fully funding the CSU Board of Trustees budget request would allow for a three-percent enrollment increase of 12,000 students. Similarly, the CSU’s infrastructure has been seriously underfunded as a consequence of budget shortfalls in recent years, with the result that some estimates of CSU deferred maintenance needs run as high as $1.8 billion; the additional $25 million in the requested augmentation of the Governor’s budget would allow the CSU to finance up to $250 million in necessary maintenance projects. In sum, fully funding the CSU 2015-2016 budget request will further enable the CSU to address the needs that have built up as a result of underfunding and budget cuts over the past decade, but will help prepare it to address the growing enrollment demand it will face over the next decade.
Unanimously – March 20, 2015