Principles and Priorities to Guide the Allocation of
Potential Budget Reductions

AS-2835-08/FGA (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU), for reasons identified in AS-2831-08, oppose the reductions in the general fund support for the California State University (CSU) identified in the Governor’s proposed 2008-2009 budget; and be it further

RESOLVED: That, should a reduction to the CSU budget occur, the ASCSU recommend that the Chancellor and Board of Trustees embrace the following principles in the allocation of budget reductions within the CSU:

  • The ASCSU, as the recognized representative of the faculty, be included as a participant in all CSU discussions concerning the allocation of budget reductions.
  • Reductions to individual CSU campuses be unallocated in order to maximize campus flexibility in managing the impact of the budget cuts.
  • Allocation of cuts to individual campuses be sensitive to their individual enrollment patterns and resource needs.
  • The impact of any budget cuts should be documented and reported at both the individual campuses and systemwide levels.

RATIONALE: The ASCSU passed AS-2831-08 to oppose the reductions in general fund support for the CSU in the Governor’s proposed 2008-2009 budget. This resolution takes the next logical step and identifies the priorities and principles to be followed by the Chancellor’s Office and Board of Trustees in determining the allocation of budget cuts within the CSU, should a reduction in state support occur. The priorities and principles are designed (1) to protect, to the greatest extent possible, the CSU’s ability to carry out its fundamental mission of educating the people of California and (2), by documenting the impact of the cuts, to assist the CSU in seeking a restoration of state support in the future.

Approved Unanimously March 6-7, 2008

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