Chancellor's Recent Speeches
Remarks by Charles B. Reed
Thank you, Garrett (Ashley) and thank you all for coming here today.
We are grateful to you for your willingness to meet annually to discuss the state of higher education in California and to get your industry perspectives and advice so that we can continue to prepare students for jobs in the entertainment industry and keep the industry and our state moving forward.
California's Budget Challenge
This year the university received a $625 million cut, which amounts to 20 percent of our budget.
To meet this mammoth-size budget reduction, we had to put almost all of our 44,000 employees on furlough and cut their salaries by 10 percent.
We also had to increase student fees by 32 percent, which put the average CSU undergraduate fee close to $5,000 per year. In spite of this increase, the CSU fees continue to be among the lowest in the nation.
Absent any budgetary increases, enrollment cuts will continue at all CSU campuses until we downsize the system by 40,000 students.
While most state agencies will receive another cut this year, the governor proposed to restore $305 million to the CSU.
If the legislature were to approve the Governor's budget in a timely manner, we would be able to admit an additional 21,000 new students.
Initial Focus: Eligibility
Very successful programs include:
New Focus: Early Start and Graduation Initiative
Beginning in their senior year of high school, students will learn from their results on the Early Assessment Program about whether they are "CSU ready" in math and English.
This information will help them choose from a variety of options to help them to become proficient in these subjects, and allow them to start immediately toward getting ready to start as CSU freshmen.
The goal is that more of our students will be completely prepared for college coursework or they will at least have begun working toward full proficiency. In the meantime, the CSU has launched a new graduation initiative with two goals:
CSU's plan lines up with the Obama administration's goal for the U.S. of having the most college degrees in the world by 2020.
Without California, we won't reach that goal.
CSU alone graduates about 92,000 students each year.
Helping students graduate means contributing to the economic recovery of the state and the nation.
Impact Report - New Data
In a few weeks we will release the results of a recent economic impact study we have completed.
The new study will show CSU's impact on California's entertainment industry continues to grow.
The CSU is a critical supplier of graduates to the entertainment and media industries. More than 90 percent of the radio and television broadcasting graduates come from the CSU and 51 percent of the communications degrees.
We award 75 percent of the state's journalism degrees-significantly more than the other California public and private universities combined.
And, 45 percent of the state's computer engineering baccalaureate degrees.
Many of our campuses directly supply graduates to industry giants like Disney, HBO, Warner Brothers, and many of the companies you represent.
Preparing Students for the Industry
You also offered your perspectives on the changes your industry is undergoing and the fact that new graduates must not exclusively rely on the studios and other industry employers to start a career.
You mentioned that recent graduates need to be more entrepreneurial and find grants to create and market their own work.
To ensure that our students acquire working knowledge in the industry, in the last three years we placed 650 students in internships with companies in the entertainment industry, through the CSU Media Internship Program.
Some of you may have participated in our Visiting Fellows Program, where professionals come as guests to our campuses.
This contact is essential to expanding students' perspectives on the industry and to set personal career goals.
Last year, more than 60 industry professionals visited CSU campuses. Among them-- Francis Ford Coppola and our own Luis Valdez-a proud alumnus of the CSU (SJSU).
Last summer a council of arts deans met to discuss the advice you provided to me last year and to facilitate implementation of your recommendations. The deans agreed to jointly implement two items:
They also are considering possibilities for working with industry partners to develop media-based curricular units that could be integrated into existing courses to provide cutting edge instruction.
I know Dean Kurt Daw and Steve Ujlaki, who are close to these activities can answer questions you may have on these programs.
I would like to ask Michael Lombardo to help us lead the discussion on three questions:
Later today the arts deans from campuses throughout the CSU will meet here to be briefed on this discussion and together devise ways to move forward their curricula and programs over the next year.
I understand that some of you will also participate in that meeting, and I thank you for doing that. Let me invite Michael (Lombardo) to help us lead the discussion.