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Higher Education Leaders Detail Consequences of Budget Cuts with Governor, Legislators

Higher Education Leaders Detail Consequences of Budget Cuts with Governor, Legislators
From left to right: University of California President Mark Yudof, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations Karen Y. Zamarripa discussing the state of the California budget with Governor Jerry Brown.

April 6, 2011

The three leaders of the state's higher education system – CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, University of California President Mark Yudof and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott – met with Governor Brown and other legislators on April 5 to talk about the consequences of the budget cuts already approved, and to ask policymakers to protect higher education from deeper cuts. They were joined by 250 campus officials and students from the three segments during their joint Higher Education Advocacy Day.

"We have done our part," CSU Chancellor Reed told the group. "Higher education has taken a $1.4 billion reduction. But, you know what, that's enough."

Educational opportunities in California could vastly change beginning in fall 2011. State funding for the CSU has already been reduced by $500 million for 2011-2012, and the cut could be even more drastic if policymakers pass an "all cuts" budget.

"One of the things that I want to get across to the leadership of the state is they have a responsibility to figure out how to reinvest in California's future," continued Reed.

Following an hour-long meeting with Governor Brown, the three leaders and the governor spoke with the media and reiterated their support for higher education, and the consequences of further budget reductions. "The university is an engine of wealth creation," said Brown. "Stripping it of professors and its research in the way that an all-cuts budget would require is unacceptable."

The joint higher education advocacy event is the first of several CSU has planned during the next month with members of the Academic Senate holding a Legislative Day in Sacramento April 12, followed by the California State Student Association's lobby day at the capitol on April 18.