F.Y.I.: Highlights of the upcoming California State University Board of Trustees Meeting Sept. 14-15, 2004
The agenda for the September 14-15, 2004, meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees is accessible on-line and can be viewed at www.calstate.edu/BOT/agendas/.
Trustees to Vote on Long-Term Student Fee Policy
Trustees will vote on a student fee policy that calls for annual adjustments of resident undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fees until they reach one-third (33 percent) of the cost of their education.
Annual increases in undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fees would be no larger than 10 percent, and resident graduate fees would be gradually raised to a level equal to 150 percent of the undergraduate fee.
Once the student fees reach these levels, future annual adjustments would be based on the change in California per-capita income.
The proposal results from consultation and discussions among Chancellor’s Office officials, the CSU Executive Council, the California State Student Association, and the Statewide Academic Senate.
The policy reaffirms the CSU’s historic commitment to ensuring authentic access and maintaining the quality of education, while recognizing the fiscal challenges that confront both the state and the system. CSU officials anticipate the policy would provide more predictability and stability to students and to the campuses. It also would allow the system to better manage its resources to meet students’ needs.
For the policy to successfully meet its objectives, the state must meet its commitment to provide adequate funding. If that does not occur, the policy would provide the Board with sufficient flexibility to set fees outside the parameters of the policy.
The policy builds upon a 1993 fee policy that provided a two-thirds/one-third split in the cost of education, with the state providing two-thirds of the cost. Since that time, the instability of the state budget created a series of unpredictable changes in student fees. Reductions were implemented in good economic times, and sudden increases were adopted to help cope with the state fiscal crisis in the last three years.
Graduation Initiative Update
Trustees will receive an update on the 2003 graduation initiative, which seeks to increase academic preparation for college, improve the community college transfer process, and identify a clear path to the degree for students. The report will concentrate on two programs. First, the Early Assessment Program, a collaborative effort by the CSU, the California Department of Education, and the State Board of Education to ensure that high school students have the required college-level math and English skills. Second, the new upper division transfer student policy which sets admission priority for students transferring to the CSU, after fall 2006, who have completed a lower division pattern by major.
2005-06 Budget Report
The Board of Trustees will be presented with the preliminary discussions between the CSU Budget Advisory Committee and the Executive Council on the development of the 2005-06 budget. The board will also receive the timeline for internal development of the budget, discussions with the Department of Finance and the Governor’s Office, and the schedule for legislative actions.
The CSU and the UC signed a compact with the governor that accepted budget reductions in the 2004-05 budget as a contribution to the solution of the state’s fiscal crisis. In return, the universities obtained a funding agreement that begins in 2005-06 and is effective through 2010-11.
The six-year agreement provides funding for each university system for 2.5 percent annual enrollment growth equivalent to 8,000 FTES at the CSU, and a 3 percent increase in base funding in the first two years, a 4 percent increase in 2007-08, and a 5 percent increase in fiscal years 2008-09 through 2010-11. The compact also assumes that undergraduate fees will increase no more than 8 percent in the first two years of the agreement.
The Trustees will take action on the proposed 2005-06 budget in October.
2004-05 State Budget Report
Trustees will be presented with a summary of legislative actions leading to the final adoption of a 2004-05 budget for the California State University system. The final CSU 2004/05 General Fund budget is $2,447,958,000. The budget includes new student fee revenue of approximately $102 million.
The initial budget submitted by the governor to the legislature in January called for a $239.7 million cutback to the CSU. In the final budget, the CSU received a $40.3 million restoration that includes $33.3 million for a 1.87 percent enrollment increase (7,500 students) and $7 million to restore funds to academic preparation programs. The final budget resulted in a total net cut to the CSU of $157 million.
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Schedule of Meetings
The CSU Board of Trustees will convene at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach. Unless noted, meetings take place in the Dumke Auditorium. Times are approximate.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004
MEDIA INFORMATION: Reporters who cannot attend the meeting may hear any open portion of it by calling 916-278-2663 (password: 55555)
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Last Updated: September 9, 2004