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CSU Maintains High Marks in Latest PPIC Poll

Majority of Californians feel higher education is critical to the state's future

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(November 18, 2010) – Nearly two-thirds of Californians continue to rate the California State University as doing a good or excellent job according to the results of the most recent higher education poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. Additional results from the poll released earlier today showed that the majority of Californians surveyed feel that state funding of higher education is inadequate while nearly all Californians say the state's higher education system is important to the quality of life and economic vitality of the state.

"The results of the PPIC poll reaffirm that higher education is integral to the future of California," said CSU Chancellor Charles B Reed. "It is our hope that the incoming governor and the legislature will feel the same way and continue to make funding higher education a priority."

Despite budget cuts and the economic difficulties faced by the state, the ratings for the CSU remain steady as 62 percent of Californians say that the CSU is doing a good or excellent job. These results are similar to the results of each poll dating back to 2007.

More than two out of three Californians say state spending on higher education should be given a high or very high priority and 74 percent of Californians say that state funding for public colleges and universities is not enough. Though the CSU received a partial restoration of funding in the 2010-11 state budget, the level of support remains at approximately 2005-06 levels. Additionally, 97 percent of Californians say that given all of the issues facing the new governor in 2011, planning for the future of the state's higher education system is important. Most residents (66 percent) believe educational quality will suffer if state government makes budget cuts to higher education.

Virtually all Californians (97 percent) also say that the state's higher education system is important to quality of life and economic vitality of the state over the next 20 years.

For more details on the PPIC's annual higher education poll please visit: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=963

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