ASCSU Outreach Strategies for Protecting the
CSU 2008-2009 Budget



RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU) adopt the talking points contained in the attachment as key items for discussion with legislators on its Advocacy Day visits at the State Capitol; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the campus Academic Senates and other CSU constituencies to include these or similar talking points in their advocacy activities on the campuses and in the surrounding communities; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge its members to assume leadership roles in organizing small teams (possibly including students, alumni, local Senate leaders, campus administrators, and CFA chapter officers) to make advocacy visits to legislators in their district offices; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge local Senates to co-sponsor campus fora to inform all members of the campus community about the current budget crisis, and to urge local Senates to join their local California Faculty Association, administrative and Associated Student counterparts in co-sponsoring action that will garner media and legislative attention to the impact of proposed cuts and generate support for an adequate budget for the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage local campus Senates to craft outreach strategies that will:

a. Develop talking points that are tailored to illustrate and emphasize the importance and impact of their own university in the economy and life of their local community;
b. Invite legislators to attend budget fora on campus;
c. Cooperate in building advocacy coalitions that include faculty, labor leaders, student leaders and alumni to visit legislators in district offices;
d. Encourage campus coalition members to send letters of support to legislative district offices and local news media;
e. Facilitate community based constituents (for example businesses, alumni, community organizations etc) in reaching out to local legislators in their district offices to repeat consistent themes/messages of support for an adequate budget for the CSU;

; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to all campus Senates with copies to each president.

RATIONALE: The primary issue facing the CSU in its relationship with the state legislature this year is the budget. This resolution articulates a strategy to seek legislative restoration of the CSU 2008-2009 budget. URLs for locating local representatives are below:

Legislative Contacts:
Campus Legislative/Congressional service Area Chart • 2006-2007
The California State Assembly
The California State Senate
College-Going Rates by Assembly District:
College-Going Rates by Senate District:
CSU Impact:
More information on the CSU's role and impact

Approved Unanimously March 6-7, 2008

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