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: , , , , , , , |

A potential misstep by administration is announced to academic senate

One faculty member has claimed that Cal State Long Beach administration violated university policy by accessing her professional email account without her consent. Douglas Domingo-Forasté, the California Faculty Association Long Beach Chapter president, first presented the breach to the academic senate on April 5. He stated that during a grievance hearing April 3, one of the university’s lawyers attempted to use a faculty member’s email messages to disprove her claim. “We had a grievance the other day and one of our faculty members, probably at the direction of the CSU lawyers, had all her emails gone through,” Domingo-Forasté said at the meeting. “They contained sensitive health information and they not only didn’t have her consent, she didn’t even know about it.” Academic Senate Chair Norbert Schürer was present for Domingo-Forasté’s original announcement and weighed in on the potential breach via email. “We don’t know a lot of facts of the case, like whether it was the Chancellor’s Office or somebody at [the university] who went through the faculty’s email,” Schürer said. “If it’s true that the CSULB administration is going through faculty emails, and if there is no compelling legal reason for it, that would be a serious breach of

By | 2018-04-15T18:00:55-07:00 Apr 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm|Categories: News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Students for Quality Education rally at CSU Board of Trustees meeting to fight tuition hike

Over 30 students and faculty congregated around the doors of the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach Tuesday morning. As the crowd waited for the Board of Trustees meeting to begin, they stood in solidarity against the latest tuition hike. While it will be another two months of deliberation before the board officially votes on the proposed $288 increase, members of the California Faculty Association and Students for Quality Education were present not only to protest the increase but to offer a proposition to the trustees during the public comments section of the meeting — to ask California legislatures to increase funding. “We're here to express our concerns and to ask for them is to join us April 4,” said Courtney Yamagiwa, an organizer for the student group and Cal State Long Beach senior double majoring in consumer affairs and German studies. The group has organized an action in Sacramento to ask members of the legislature to give more funding in state universities. According to Elizabeth Chapin, manager of public affairs for the Office of the Chancellor, the trustees requested an additional $263 million in state funding for the 2018-19 school year. Since Governor Jerry Brown only approved

By | 2018-03-21T19:24:35-07:00 Mar 21, 2018 | 11:25 am|Categories: Campus, CSU, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

California representatives ask for full state funding for higher education

Before approaching the podium to speak out against high tuition price tags, California representatives donned vintage red and white buttons, nostalgic of a tuition-free era. Bipartisan California representatives, state university faculty and students gathered at the Governor’s News Conference Room Monday to address protecting higher education with more state funding. University faculty representatives called for a tuition freeze as a result, which would prevent the fee from rising. Sen. Steve Glazer hosted the half-hour event, which consisted of state and college representatives speaking on the economic impact of higher education on post-college life. Fifty-eight years ago, the Master Plan for Higher Education in California proposed free tuition to California residents applying to state community colleges and universities. Today, undergraduate students pay an average $5,742 per year at a California State University campus and $12,630 per year at a University of California campus.   According to Sen. Bill Dodd, both the University of California and California State University campuses make up about $100 billion in state economic activity. “The idea we are not fully investing in these institutions is somewhat puzzling to me,” Dodd said. Speakers alluded to the California master plan that promised tuition-free education. The three-pronged plan looks to

By | 2018-03-16T16:14:04-07:00 Mar 13, 2018 | 9:59 pm|Categories: CSU, Events, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

People’s State of the City to showcase city problems from residents’ perspectives

While Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia introduced city problems and statistics in his January State of the City event, one thing was missing from the speech: live resident input. “The people won't be denied, the people won't back down” are the first words of the People's State of the City 2018 event description. The People's State of the City, unrelated to the mayor’s event, is a community-driven response and platform for marginalized groups to give their perspective on city government shortcomings. The event will take place at the First Congregational Church in downtown Long Beach at 5 p.m. on March 1. The seventh-annual event will be hosted by Long Beach Rising, a coalition of organizations that focus on civic engagement among marginalized groups. “This is an event that talks about city challenges and progress from the perspective of working people, which is not really reflected in the actual State of the City,” said James Suazo, an organizer for Long Beach Rising. According to the press release, the event will include free food and a Spanish and Khmer interpretation. There will be 16 organizations involved with Long Beach Rising. Organizations that will be present at the event include the Los Angeles

Governor Brown’s proposed final budget plan is not enough to fund Cal State system

Just hours after California Governor Jerry Brown released his budget plan on Jan. 10, members of the Cal State system were quick to criticize. Brown’s plan offered to allocate $92.1 million toward the California State University system, an amount that many in the university system agree is unsustainable. “If lawmakers truly believe in the goal to make college available to every eligible high school graduate or community college transfer student living in their districts, they will need to devise a more robust funding plan and renew the state’s commitment to fully funding public higher education, keeping it affordable and accessible to all qualified students,” campus president Jane Close Conoley said in a press release. For 2018-19, the operating budget increases for the university system requires $263 million from the general fund and $19.9 million from student enrollment. Brown's current proposed budget, which contributes to the Cal State general fund, falls short by $170.9 million. The operating budget includes: $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025 $122.1 million for compensation for faculty and staff $39.9 million for a 1 percent increase in funded enrollment $15 million in academic facilities and infrastructure needs $30.9 mil. for mandatory costs, which include benefits packages for

Across the CSU system, faculty will get a salary increase

During the second day of the Board of Trustees meeting, the board ratified an extension for the collective bargaining agreement between the Cal State system and the California Faculty Association, which included a faculty salary increase. The board extended the agreement until June 30, 2020; the original agreement was set to expire the same date in 2018. After months of negotiation, the university system and the faculty association agreed on a 3.5 percent general salary increase to be instituted on Nov. 1, 2018 and an additional 2.5 percent increase on July 1, 2019. “We believe that this tentative agreement … represents significant progress in addressing faculty salary issues,” said Melissa Bard, vice chancellor for human resources. “If adopted, [it] would provide an extended period of labor stability, allowing us to focus on the mission of providing an affordable and high quality and inclusive educational experience for students.” Although the agreement did not specifically include the CSU Employees Union, many of its members spoke in response to the ratification as well as a separate agreement between the union and the university system. During public comments, the employees union members criticized the timing of the collective bargaining. “My big question is what

CSU executive administrators receive pay increase

Cal State Board of Trustees created conflict among  students after their Sept. 19 meeting with the decision to raise executive administration pay within the Cal State University system. Michael Uhlenkamp, interim senior director of public affairs for Cal States, said that executive administrators, presidents and chancellors, received a pay raise of 2.5 percent.  Cal State San Marcos’ President received a 10 percent raise, due to the fact that CSUSM’s president’s salary was already below the average president’s salary at other public universities in the state, such as those within the University of California system. “The employees of the college are our most critical asset and it’s important that we adequately compensate them whether that be faculty, staff or administrators,” Uhlenkamp said. Uhlenkamp also explained that Cal State administrators are paid less than their counterparts within and outside of the state of California. “We know that if you are working at or leading a CSU, that you are going to be making less than if you were doing that same job at a different institution,” Uhlenkamp said. As an example, the presidents of the Cal State system make anywhere from $200,000 to $450,000, with former San Diego State University President Elliot

By | 2017-10-01T20:13:42-07:00 Oct 1, 2017 | 8:13 pm|Categories: CSU, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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