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CSU Prioritizes Student Access and Success in Balanced Budget Plan

CSU Prioritizes Student Access and Success in Balanced Budget Plan

The passage of Proposition 30 will translate to relative stability for the next four years, with the governor budgeting an additional $125 million for the system in the coming fiscal year.

The California State University Board of Trustees met March 19 in Long Beach to discuss the 2013-2014 budget. “After struggling through one of the toughest times in CSU history, the system is now in a position to address some of its critical needs,” said Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget. “Putting students first, the CSU’s budget plan strikes a balance among the many legitimate claims for available resources.” So the passage of Proposition 30 will translate to relative stability for the next four years, with the governor budgeting an additional $125 million for the system in the coming fiscal year. The board discussed using the increase to grow enrollment, develop online strategies for bottleneck classes (SJSU is well on it way with its Udacity and edX pilot programs), adjust faculty and staff wages for the first time since the recession began, and cover mandatory cost increases for employee health benefits and energy. We’re still waiting to learn exactly how this will affect SJSU. But meanwhile we do know this very good news for students: The Board of Trustees is committed to holding the line on tuition increases in 2013-2014. View current SJSU tuition and fees. Up next? The governor issues his annual “May Revise,” which is an updated version of the budget proposal released in January, taking into consideration the latest state revenue figures. Then the legislature is expected to approve the budget by June 15. The new fiscal year begins July 1. We’ve got a ways to go, so tay tuned! Read a related CSU news release.