Proposed bill may waive CSU tuition fees

Waived tuition fees may be on the horizon for California State University students. The catch? Students must promise a percentage of their post-graduation salary to the institution.   Assembly Bill 154 has proposed a loan free alternative payment method for students looking to pursue higher education. AB 154 was brought forward by Assemblyman Randy Voepel, who modeled the bill after a similar system used by Purdue University. “I came back to college at 40 because I couldn’t afford it at 20,” said Julie Haltom, a fifth year history major. “I still had to take some loans, and I don’t know how I’m gonna pay them. It doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me.” According to the legislation, universities interested in the program will be chosen no earlier than the 2021-22 academic year and will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students would be required to pay a portion of their income six months after graduation for a maximum of 10 years. The payments will be income percentage based, so students earning more will pay more monthly. Graduates who end up making substantial salaries may end up paying more than loan alternatives. Students earning less than $20,000 a year

By | 2019-04-09T14:53:07-07:00 Feb 11, 2019 | 8:53 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Newsom’s budget proposal may increase LBSU enrollment numbers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his first budget proposal, allocating up to $562 million in permanent and one-time funds for the California State University system. Newsom’s budget proposal consists of a $300 million ongoing general fund for operational costs, increased enrollment and for progress toward the Graduation Initiative 2025. The budget also includes $247 million in one-time general funds for the expansion of on-campus child care facilities serving students and deferred maintenance and $15 million in one-time general funds for student hunger and housing initiatives. In comparison, Gov. Brown allocated $92 million for education last year. Newsom prioritized the state’s community colleges and two university systems, while maintaining a stipulation that tuition levels will stay frozen. The governor also emphasized expanding mental health services for students finishing their degrees. Newsom’s budget reflected his ambitions as governor to support increased enrollment, and an expedited degree process. "In his first budget proposal, Gov. Newsom reflects his commitment to reinvesting in higher education and the California State University," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in a statement. “This marks the single largest proposed investment by any governor in the history of the university and we are extremely appreciative of Gov. Newsom’s bold investment

By | 2019-02-03T11:45:04-07:00 Feb 3, 2019 | 11:44 am|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

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: , , , |

CSU audits reveal poor cash handling practices at LBSU

The California State University system audited Long Beach State on its cash handling and cashiering practices from July 1, 2016 to Aug. 24, 2018, and found a lack of effectiveness in “operational, administrative, and financial controls.” According to the audit report released on Oct. 5, the locations on campus that are authorized to handle money did not fully comply with LBSU and statewide requirements. The findings revealed that money management in general needs improvement, but they found that this did not keep finances from being managed in order to meet objectives. The auditing team reviewed five locations on campus: the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, College of Continuing and Professional Education, Community Clinic for Counseling and Education Services, the main cashier’s office and the physical therapy department. “The audit told us that one of our deficiencies was that the students or cash handlers need to be taught how do cash handling better,” said Jesse Luna, Associated Students Inc. treasurer. LBSU also “had an appropriate framework” for handling cash, but many locations had trouble following through on the policies set in place.  The audit report did not specify which problems related to which campus location. However, the auditors found that there were

By | 2018-12-12T17:46:37-07:00 Dec 12, 2018 | 5:46 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , |

Ethnic studies programs fight against Executive Order 1100

The ethnic studies departments across California State University campuses continue to fight against an executive order that they believe will negatively affect ethnic studies departments at CSUs. Executive Order 1100-Revised was issued last year by CSU Chancellor Timothy White. There were recent protests on the CSUN campus where students voiced their opposition to this order, raising concerns about the executive order decreasing the incentive to take ethnic studies classes. “Being a minority Asian myself, it saddens me to know that ethnic studies is continuing to be shoved away since it allows others to learn about the history and culture about people of color throughout U.S. history,” said Cindy Kim, senior majoring in international and Chinese studies. Kim added that the department is already seeing low enrollment, so she believes adding these alternative classes is going to put Ethnic Studies in an even more critical state. According to Craig Stone, American Indian Studies Program Director and professor, three of the Ethnic Studies units at Long Beach State have 50 percent fewer tenure-track faculty than in the last decade. Another student, Joy Suh, a senior majoring in communication studies, brought up her concerns as an individual who immigrated to the U.S. “I

By | 2018-12-12T19:31:09-07:00 Dec 11, 2018 | 10:10 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Campus Clash racks up a near $20,000 bill

When nonprofit, right-wing organization Turning Point USA brought a flurry of conservative ideas to Long Beach State on Oct. 23, the university prepared itself with K-rail barriers, fencing and 70 police members. The event required dozens of personnel on standby, as well as added costs for LBSU, Turning Point USA and the Cal State University system. The total cost of the event was about $19,667.41, but according to Jeff Bliss, the university’s executive director of media, LBSU only paid $7,375.51. Bliss said there were 15 University Police officers and three K-9 officers — two of which were on loan from “neighboring agencies.” There were also four commanders. Two were from the university and two were from the CSU system’s Critical Response Unit. Also at the event were two chiefs — one from LBSU and one from the CRU. In addition, the university brought in 46 officers from throughout the CSU. University police received $382.04 in total for overtime costs. “In order to minimize overtime, schedules were adjusted for most staff to come in later that day knowing they would be staying late,” Bliss said. The extra officers not employed by LBSU came from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU system.

By | 2018-12-05T17:51:20-07:00 Dec 4, 2018 | 11:39 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , |
Load More Posts