CSU System Priorities for 2013
On January 23, 2013, the Board of Trustees approved the CSU Federal Agenda for 2013 (.pdf). The item sets federal priorities geared toward the goals listed below. You may also download a printable fact sheet (.pdf) summarizing the CSU's Policy Priorities.
The CSU remains one of the nation’s best bargains. Significant state and institutional grant aid helps our neediest students. Federal financial aid programs remain critical to CSU students from low-income families, including over 180,000 who rely upon need-based Pell Grants. Over 30,000 Pell recipients receive CSU bachelor’s degrees each year.
- Support maximum Pell grant of $5,785 for FY 2014, and retain any program surplus for future years
- Invest in Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Work-Study with focus on need
- Prioritize federal resources for institutions serving the greatest number of students with need
The CSU is on the cutting edge of partnering with P-12 to improve student readiness and to measure the performance of CSU-trained teachers. The federal government is a vital partner.
- Provide robust funding for effective pipeline programs like GEAR UP and TRIO
- Maintain strong federal partnership with colleges and universities to transform the preparation of America’s teachers and school leaders
The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees granted to California's Latino, African American and Native American students, and is a leader in transitioning veterans to the civilian workforce. Federal capacity building programs and targeted grants help bridge the completion gap.
- Maintain strong support for Hispanic-serving and other minority-serving institutions
- Support the needs of America’s veterans on campus and smooth their transition to the civilian workforce
96,000 annual graduates drive California's economy in the information technology, life sciences, agriculture, business, education, public administration, entertainment and multimedia industries.
- Support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, including funding for NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship programs
- Invest in USDA Hispanic-serving Institutions National Program
In laboratories, at field sites and through programs at the CSU, students, faculty and collaborating scientists advance California’s capacity to address key issues of significance to our state and nation.
- Maintain strong NSF, NIH, Department of Energy and NIST funding
- Invest in Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACU) and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture (NLGCA) programs
State funding for public higher education has been cut dramatically in recent years, fueling higher tuition costs. Federal incentives can help boost state and private support for and partnerships with public universities.
- Encourage state investment in public higher education through funding incentives and, wherever applicable, state “maintenance of effort” provisions
- Advocate policies that promote philanthropy and a positive climate for university advancement