Tuition increase out of the question for 2019-20 academic year

California State University officials announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday that tuition will not be increased for the 2019-20 academic year. Chancellor Timothy P. White opened the State of the CSU address by citing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “visionary budget” proposal, saying it was the reason for the tuition freeze.   “I will not bring forward any request for the Trustees to consider a tuition increase for our 2019-20 budget,” Chancellor Timothy P. White said from the podium to an audience that responded with loud applause. “You heard me right, tuition is off the table.” White’s opening statement, called 2018 was the “best year ever” for the CSUs. He praised the success of the Graduation Initiative 2025 for providing the highest number of graduates in the system to date, adding that graduation rates have grown over 6 percent for incoming freshman and 7 percent for transfer students. The CSU’s proposed operating budget is $7.32 billion for the 2019-20 academic year; with $3.12 billion coming from tuition and fees, $3.65 billion from the general fund and an operating budget request of $554 million. Gov. Newsom’s unprecedented $300 million increase in ongoing funding will be the largest in CSU history. Long

By | 2019-04-19T23:38:35-07:00 Jan 23, 2019 | 8:39 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

Beach Weekly: Episode 5

News Editor Emma DiMaggio and Assistant News Editor James Chow give a roundup of this week's notable news stories: California State University Board of Trustees meetings, Associated Students Inc. homelessness panel and the Imagine Beach 2030 initiative. Board of Trustees: 0:32 ASI homeless awareness panel: 8:11 Beach 2030: 10:10 Music used: Lee Rosevere - Wireless Bensound - The Jazz Piano  

Issues of safety for minority students addressed at Board of Trustees meeting

Audience members and the Board of Trustees fell silent during a public comments period Wednesday as Anthony Lawson played a clip of his brother deliver a speech about what it means to be a man. “A man … takes care of the people around him and not just himself,” the voice on the recording said. “To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery... It is to feel, when setting one’s stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world … Being a man of the 21st century isn’t about the quantity of one’s life but the quality of how you treat others in your life.” The voice belonged to David Josiah Lawson, a Black Humboldt State University student who was killed in Arcata, California on April 15, 2017. His murder remains unresolved and his family has visited various California State University campuses to raise awareness for the safety of minority students. Supporters of the Justice for Josiah movement, who donned the eponymous white shirts with David’s face on the front, riled behind Anthony and his mother Charmaine Lawson as they spoke to the

By | 2018-11-14T22:29:20-07:00 Nov 14, 2018 | 10:29 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

Protesters defend ethnic and gender studies during Board of Trustees meeting

Correction: Executive Order 1110 and 1100R will not eliminate the need for students to take courses in Ethnic Studies.  A circle of concerned students and professors from Long Beach State and California State University, Northridge, among other campuses, gathered near the entrance of the CSU Chancellor's office Tuesday, chanting slogans such as “hey hey! Ho ho! Chancellor White has got to go.” The group gathered to protest at the Board of Trustees meeting on the implementation of Executive Orders 1100 and 1110-R and voiced their complaints at the meeting as well. EO 1110 states that students are to be enrolled into General Education courses rather than remedial math and English. 1100-R establishes a new GE curriculum. Some at CSUN are worried that 1100-R would phase out Area F of the CSUN GE requirements. Area F outlines six units of ethnic, gender and sexuality studies courses. Rocio Rivera-Murillo, a CSUN sociology and Chicano studies major, led the call and response through a megaphone. “When Ethnic Studies is under attack, what the f*** do we do?” Rivera-Murillo said. The group responded: “Stand up! Fight back!” In August 2017, Executive Orders 1110 and 1100-R were placed into effect by Chancellor Timothy P. White. The chancellor voiced

Students and faculty remain ambivalent to trust fund allocation by Board of Trustees

Despite the continued success of Graduation Initiative 2025, California State University students and faculty were concerned about how funds are being allocated by the Board of Trustees at its meeting this Tuesday. Graduation Initiative 2025 was first passed by the Board of Trustees in 2015 with the goal of increasing graduation rates and decreasing the number of years it takes students to get their degrees. According to James Minor, CSU senior strategist for academic success and inclusive excellence, degree completion is currently at an all-time high in all categories. The system is on track to reach its graduation initiative goals, which includes hiring more tenure-track professors. This January, Gov. Jerry Brown released his budget for the state, which allocated $92 million in additional funds for the CSU system. Rafael Gómez, associate vice president for the California Faculty Association and faculty member at Cal State Monterey Bay, collaborated with students, allies and faculty members to organize demonstrations in Sacramento to call for an increase in funds. According to Gómez, these efforts led to the CSU budget increasing by an additional $364 million. “That money was given with the expectation that it would be used to increase student enrollment and to increase

Justice for Josiah takes to the Board of Trustees with a list of demands

With only a minute-and-a-half to make her case to the Board of Trustees on the institutional racism she believes is present in the California State University system, Charmaine Lawson found herself speaking far past the allotted time. Supporters of Lawson’s cause gave the grieving mother their time to allow her to complete her address, which she ended with a vow to attend every meeting until the CSUs commit to battling this racism and helping in solving the case of her son’s murder. Lawson felt supported as she was surrounded by a group of over 30 wearing a shirt with one message — “Justice For Josiah.” They were there to raise awareness for the safety of CSU minority students and lack of support in solving the murder of her son, Humboldt State University student David Josiah Lawson, whose murder has gone unsolved for 17 months. David Josiah was stabbed to death on April 15, 2017 in Arcata, and though one arrest was made in connection to the case, the suspect, Kyle Zoellner, was released due to insufficient evidence. A new suspect has yet to be found. Charmaine and her supporters, the Justice for Josiah Lawson Committee, met the trustees with a

Governor Brown approves $364 million for CSUs

After months of lobbying from students, faculty and legislators, California Governor Jerry Brown approved more funding for the California State University system June 12. State lawmakers approved the budget June 14, and Brown will have until the end of the month to sign it in. In January, Brown proposed a $92.1 million state allocation, an amount the Cal State Board of Trustees found unsustainable. The state allocation to the CSU General Fund agreed upon by Brown, Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon totals $364 million. “I am grateful that the governor and the state’s legislative leaders have found common ground and plan to invest in the California State University’s 23 campuses,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a press release. “In doing so, they are investing in our state’s most valuable resource: its people.” About $105 million will be distributed as ongoing funding, with $75 million going toward the Graduation Initiative 2025 and $30 million toward general university needs; the rest will be categorized as one-time funding. Funding for the initiative, which focuses on increasing the number of timely graduations, will be used for hiring more tenure-track faculty, conducting research to increase availability of courses

By | 2018-06-21T22:05:07-07:00 Jun 21, 2018 | 10:05 pm|Categories: CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Protesters louder than Chancellor White at CSU Board of Trustees meeting

A much-anticipated tuition hike was revisited by the California State University Board of Trustees during its Tuesday meeting. The $288 increase would mark the second consecutive hike for students in the CSU system, which has received backlash from students and faculty members, along with the group Students for Quality Education, at this past meeting. Amidst discussions and deliberations was the intermittent interruption of chants from students and faculty members in the crowd, one of which Chancellor Timothy White directly addressed as they interrupted part of his speech. “Chancellor White, do what’s right,” the protesters chanted. Although White attempted to finish his sentence through the chanting, he briefly gave up. “Hey, that’s what I’m trying to do,” White replied. “That’s what I’m working on.” During the public comments section of the meeting, members of the California Faculty Association and Students for Quality Education asked the trustees to reconsider the tuition increase. However, White said he believes the future of the state is more important than giving support to current students. “This board has a responsibility beyond our current students,” White said. “We have a moral imperative and fiduciary imperative to take actions today to allow California to prosper and future students

By | 2018-03-22T14:53:19-07:00 Mar 22, 2018 | 2:53 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Today|Tags: , , , , |
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