POLITICS/EDUCATION: California State University, request for new frunding for 23-campus system: "Cal State University trustees to request $237.6 in new funding from state"....
* Long Beach Press-Telegram: "Cal State University trustees to request $237.6 in new funding from state" - From the PT:
Trustees for Cal State University will meet this week in Long Beach to approve a request for new funding from the state that will highlight the wide gap between what administrators in the 23-campus system say is the minimum state assistance needed and what Gov. Jerry Brown says California can afford.
CSU is looking for $237.6 million in new funding, which far surpasses the $142.2 million increase tentatively proposed by Brown for 2014-2015. “We always hope we get what we ask for, but the reality is oftentimes different,” said Mike Uhlenkamp, spokesman for CSU.
The lion’s share of CSU’s request would go to $91.6 million in pay increases for faculty and staff, which represents a 3 percent raise, and $79.2 million to help meet enrollment demand. CSU has denied enrollment to 20,000 students each year over the past three years. About $50 million is proposed to augment what CSU calls Student Success and Completion programming, which includes updated technology and online education, reducing bottleneck courses and improving college-readiness programs. The plan would bring CSU’s total budget to $4.6 billion.
In a still-tough economic environment, CSU will have a difficult case to make to Brown and state lawmakers, who will be joined at the table at January’s state budget talks by public safety, healthcare and other California groups looking for sizable pieces of the budgetary pie....................
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