CSU Budget Office

Cost Reduction and Revenue Enhancement Strategies:
Frequently Asked Questions

The significant reduction in state support for the California State University (CSU) over the past four years is unprecedented. If the Governor's tax initiative expected to be on the November ballot fails, he has proposed an additional $250 million "trigger" cut that would bring the two-year loss of state support to $1 billion, or more than 35 percent. Many would now characterize the university as "state assisted" rather than "state supported".

A presentation at the May 2012 Board of Trustees outlined possible cost reduction and revenue enhancement strategies to address the steep decline in state funding allocated to higher education, generally, and CSU specifically. The Trustees asked that the Chancellor provide an opportunity for input from all members of the CSU community about these strategies, and to offer suggestions for additional cost reduction and revenue enhancement ideas.

Webcasts were held on May 23 and June 11, 2012 that allowed for comments/questions from the participants and a general mailbox was set up for individuals to submit questions and comments. The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) summarizes the questions and provides responses. Questions have been grouped by theme, and in some cases have been paraphrased to capture the essence of common suggestions and provide a response to the overall category.

Many of the ideas presented could have a direct or indirect impact on the terms and conditions of employment for our faculty and staff. When that is the case, it is acknowledged that such ideas could not be implemented without negotiations with the affected employee groups.

These FAQ are not complete as comments/questions continue to come into the mailbox daily. Please continue to return to this page to view updated responses. Thank you for the many thoughtful and sometimes creative suggestions submitted thus far. The time and effort you took to submit them for consideration is appreciated.

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