Academic Senate

Report of the Faculty Trustee September 2016

Steven Stepanek, Faculty Trustee (Northridge)
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California State University (CSU) Graduation Initiative 2025 and the 2017-2018 Draft CSU Support Budget – addressing the needs of California
The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California has predicted that California faces a shortage of roughly 1.1 million college graduates by 2030 unless changes occur in the state’s public higher education systems (“Will California Run Out of College Graduates?”,  With the recent announcement of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, the CSU is providing a roadmap on how it can assist in reducing this predicted shortage of college graduates and address the immediate need to accommodate a growing desire by the state’s populous to have access to public higher education opportunities in California.  The goals for the Graduation Initiative 2025 were established in close consultation with an advisory committee that included trustees and CSU faculty.  The advisory committee was guided by the language of Assembly Bill No. 1602, which stipulates a framework for the goal-setting activities.

The CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 establishes six goals regarding performance and graduation rates of full-time students graduating by 2025:

  • Increase the six-year system graduation rate for first-time freshmen to 70%.
  • Increase the four-year system graduation rate for first-time freshmen to 40%.
  • Increase the four-year system graduation rate for transfer students to 85%.
  • Increase the two-year system graduation rate for transfer students to 45%.
  • Reduce achievement gaps for underrepresented students to zero.
  • Reduce achievement gaps for low income students to zero.


Key to achieving these goals will be the following objectives:

  • Ensure first-time freshmen are prepared for college by working closely with K-14.
  • Ensure transfer students entering the university are academically prepared.
  • Ensure technology is a part of every student’s learning environment.
  • Ensure student outcomes are improved and clear pathways are established through electronic academic advisement tools.
  • Increase hiring of tenure-track faculty and support/advising staff.


Also key will be the removal of roadblocks towards graduation.  This includes increased offerings of high-demand courses and review of curriculum.

Critical to the support of this project will be supplemental state funding.  For the 2016-2017 academic year there is a $35 million one-time allocation of support funds in this year’s state budget to improve graduation rates.  The 2017-2018 draft CSU Support Budget contains a request for a $75 million annual supplement to continue existing CSU Graduation Initiative activities and start up new ones.  A long-term commitment by state legislators and the Governor to fund these activities is critical to the overall success of this project.


The 2017-2018 draft CSU Support Budget contains the following CSU requests for state funding:

  • 3,600 FTES growth - $40 million
  • Current compensation commitments (this includes continued funding of CFA 2016-2017 salary increases plus funding of the 2017-2018 increases) - $140 million
  • Potential new compensation agreements - $55 million
  • Facilities and Infrastructure needs - $10 million
  • Mandatory cost increases (such as health insurance) – $26 million
  • Graduation Initiative 2025 - $75 million

This comes to a total of $346 million in incremental expenditures which would be offset by $177.2 million in anticipated new revenue ($157.2 million general fund increase from Governor’s Funding Plan and $20.0 million net tuition from enrollment growth.)  This leaves $168.8 million as a supplemental increase request.


As part of the budget presentation to the Board of Trustees during their September 20-21, 2016 meeting, it was expressed that while the top priority is to seek an increase in state funding from the governor and legislature, the system needs to keep its options open in case the 2017-2018 CSU Support Budget is not fully funded by the state.  One of the options is a possible increase in tuition.



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