CSU Budget Priorities for 1999-2000

AS-2418-98/FGA - May 7-8, 1998

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse the following budgetary priorities for the development of the CSU Trustees Proposed Budget for the 1999-2000 academic year (in descending order of importance):

1) That the compensation component of the budget be sufficient to close the CPEC faculty salary gap.

2) That funds be provided to support, at an adequate level, instruction for all anticipated student enrollment. These funds should equal the full projected costs for high quality education in the CSU.

RATIONALE: The State of California continues to enjoy large increases in its revenue. The CSU during the fiscal difficulties of the early 1990s absorbed per student reductions in inflation adjusted levels of resources. These shortfalls are reflected in the substantial increase in class size and student faculty ratios, inability to recruit faculty to meet the rising student demand, inadequate library acquisitions and student financial aid. The CSU absorbed these reductions in a spirit of public service to our students and the people of the State. The CSU has consistently affirmed that these reductions were not sustainable permanently without degradation of the quality of education or limitation of access to qualified students. The Academic Senate CSU believes that in these favorable fiscal times, adequate support should be restored so that CSU can attract faculty of the highest quality and be accessible to all qualified students.

APPROVED – May 7-8, 1998

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