2005/06 Support Budget

Recapturing the Promise of California's Higher Education Master Plan

Master PlanThe California State University (CSU) is a higher education leader with a massive impact throughout the state of California and beyond. Its 40,000 faculty and staff educate more than 400,000 students in 23 communities and seven targeted regional sites throughout California. Each year, 77,000 CSU graduates go on to excel in the state’s economic, political, and civic organizations and enterprises, and in the nation’s workforce. The university shares in the economic stability of the cities it serves, provides a cadre of students to assist in community services, and has educated over 200 current political leaders and administrative staff in the state capitol.

The CSU provides higher education access to over 100,000 students from low-income households and assists approximately 400,000 students in California high schools to identify and acquire the improvements needed in math and reading skills to succeed in college. The university secures over $300 million in external resources through partnerships with federal, state, and private enterprises that support applied research educational programs in areas such as agriculture, biotechnology, and marine studies that directly benefit California’s economy and workforce.

Master Plan 2 The CSU works in concert with the community colleges and the University of California to provide the most cost effective educational opportunities for students and their families—by spearheading efforts to create joint-doctoral programs, securing uniformity in the articulation of courses, and counseling students to reduce the number of excess units transferred to and/or acquired at the university. The CSU reviews the marketplace to ensure its workers are paid fairly and competitively, its students are charged fees judiciously, and its incentives to attract and retain faculty, staff, and students comply with the vision, mission, and goals established by California’s higher education master plan.

The CSU is a forward-thinking institution that builds on the past to establish long-range goals for the future. We look not only after the needs of the students we currently serve but at the requirements of the students we will serve in the future.

For 2005/06, we seek to recapture the historic vision for higher education the state of California embraced over four decades ago and to move forward with an aggressive plan of action to expand the quality of instructional services to the students of the California State University. Californians rank education as the highest expenditure priority in the state, and view higher education as the most important factor in keeping the economy strong and growing and the quality of life vibrant and nurturing. The state honors these values by supporting and preserving one of the nation’s finest institutions for baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate education. The CSU, in turn, provides a quality-driven educational experience defined by learner-centered programs and services, and outcome-based accountability.

Master Plan 3The CSU has joined with the governor in developing a compact for higher education that establishes a funding base from which thoughtful and deliberate planning for the future can occur. We will develop annual budget blueprints that methodically address long-range goals to meet demand for access, pay competitive wages, keep instruction affordable, assist students with need, and eliminate structural deficiencies in facilities infrastructure, learning and research materials, and instructional equipment. We will work with the legislature to ensure the minimum needs to keep the university operating are funded, and to acquire the funding support for CSU programs that keep the state’s economy prosperous, its workforce well-trained, the influx of credentialed teachers high, the cost of providing services low, the qualified student body diverse, academic preparation and outreach services accessible, and the time it takes to progress to degree relevant to the needs of the multitude of students we serve.

The budget plan prepared for the 2005/06 fiscal year is the first in a series of university funding proposals that will be aligned with the state’s recovery from several years of fiscal deficits. It is based on revenue commitments in the compact agreement and budget priorities that will increase the CSU’s ability to respond to enrollment demand and program demand in areas critical to California’s workforce. It defines a fair-share cost of education based on a reasonable expectation of students’ ability to pay. It is responsive to issues defined by CSU constituencies as important to the quality of the educational experience.

In 2005/06, we begin our recovery from three years of budget decline by addressing four core areas important to CSU access and quality:

  1. Mandatory costs that must be paid to avoid the deterioration of existing programs;
  2. Salary increases that keep wages competitive, workers motivated, and productivity high;
  3. Enrollment funding that provides access to the university, the courses and services students need to achieve degree objectives, and the financial assistance required to mitigate costs for students with need; and
  4. Structural funding support that eradicates permanently some of the CSU’s accumulated deficiency in building maintenance and repair, library materials, instructional equipment used in classrooms and laboratories, and technology infrastructure that assists the delivery of instructional and institutional (financial, human resources, and student) services.

Master Plan 4We can satisfy these core requirements with the revenue commitments made possible by the compact agreement, which is discussed in greater detail with the 2005/06 budget plan. By addressing these four concerns within the framework of the compact, the CSU will begin the legislative budget process focused aggressively on other critical funding priorities that move us closer to achieving the long-range goals established for the university.

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Budget Development
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Last Updated: October 27, 2004