May 09, 2019
The following statement is from California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White: “Governor Newsom continues to demonstrate his dedication to creating opportunity for Californians by increasing the level of investment in public higher education in his revised budget plan. We appreciate his commitment and his vision for creating a California for all.
With additional funding as outlined in the governor’s proposal, the CSU can maintain the positive trajectory of student achievement through Graduation Initiative 2025 and provide even more opportunities for students. After earning high-quality degrees from a CSU campus, Californians become our state’s next generation of civic and business leaders.
As the budget cycle moves into the final stages, we will continue to work with our partners to reinforce to the legislature the value of the CSU, in order to ensure that sufficient funding remains in the final budget so that we may properly serve California.”
Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s ambitious and successful initiative to enhance student success that includes increasing graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Through this initiative the CSU will ensure that all students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing the graduates needed to power California and the nation.
Governor Newsom’s May Budget revision maintains a proposed ongoing increase of $300 million for the CSU to fund ongoing expenses as well as one-time allocations of $247 million to assist the university in addressing a growing backlog of maintenance for aging facilities across the 23 campuses, and $15 million to help support the basic needs of students.
Additionally, the May Revision proposes ongoing funding for rapid rehousing of housing insecure students and Project Rebound, a special admissions program on most CSU campuses that assists formerly incarcerated individuals who might not normally qualify for university acceptance because of application deadlines and minor academic deficiencies.
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.