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Higher Education Leaders Head to Sacramento for Advocacy Day

Higher Education Leaders Testify Before Asembly Budget Subcommittee
From left to right: University of California President Mark Yudof, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott.

April 4, 2011

Chancellor Reed and CSU presidents will join their counterparts from the University of California and the California Community Colleges in Sacramento tomorrow to advocate on behalf of public higher education in California.

Facing a cumulative budget reduction of at least $1.4 billion – including a minimum of $500 million in cuts for the CSU – teams with representatives from each higher education segment will meet with legislators to review possible outcomes of budget cuts.

One of the most significant topics for discussion is the importance of stable and sustainable funding for public higher education. The CSU's proposed level of state funding as currently outlined in the Governor's budget is at approximately the same level as 1999-2000 funding and would mark the second time in the past three years that the CSU has faced an annual cut of a least half a billion dollars. As the governor's negotiations to place tax extensions on a June ballot have stalled, the CSU is potentially facing an even more severe cut. A prospective reduction of $1 billion in state support would drop the CSU to below 1996-97 levels though the CSU now serves approximately 100,000 more students than at that time.

Additionally, the advocacy teams will discuss the impact of higher education on California's economy and the role they play as a key economic driver in creating jobs and boosting the state out of recession. Budget cuts continue to hamper the CSU's efforts in carrying out its mission of providing access and service to students and continued cuts could have long-term repercussions on the system that will negatively impact California.