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: , , , , , , , , |

Long Beach NAACP to host Q&A with Chancellor White

Just two months into the year, news of a potential tuition hike and an overflow of applications have flooded the Cal State system. As concerns regarding these issues reach an all-time high, organizations around Long Beach have begun to take initiative. For all those concerned, there will be a chance to have burning questions answered as the Long Beach chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting an Up Close and Personal event with Cal State Chancellor Timothy White. The event will take place Sunday from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at in Long Beach at Ernest McBride Sr. Park on Martin Luther King, Ave., Long Beach. According to a press release, the event is an opportunity for the general public “to hear the Chancellor’s status of the CSU system report.” The event will begin with a report on the state of the Cal State system delivered by Chancellor White, followed by a question and answer session. Naomi Rainey, Long Beach chapter president of the NAACP, affirms this is not a bickering event, but one that allows students and faculty, who rarely have direct access to the Chancellor, to voice their concerns. “It's not a complaining

By | 2018-02-07T21:39:36-07:00 Feb 7, 2018 | 9:33 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Raising tuition places an unnecessary burden on CSULB students

The Cal State system received a shock when Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal for the 2018-19 state budget. The biggest news was the decrease in funding from the expected $263 million, to a much smaller $92.1 million. This leaves a $171 million gap in funding that is likely going to be forced on students. Unfortunately, the first reaction from the Cal State Board of Trustees is to fall back on an increase in tuition. While this may seem like the easiest way to make up the funds needed, it once again hurts students by pricing out those who can’t make up the difference. This especially hurts considering the board increased the salaries for all executive members and campus presidents by 2.5 percent late last year. It raises the question of why the board did not wait to learn what the budget would be this year before voting. The board should have waited to learn what the proposed budget would look like before deciding to give themselves raises. Chancellor Timothy White already declined to take a pay cut on his salary of $450,345, citing his pay cut in 2012. Even though no one wants tuition to go up, Brown’s reasoning

Board of Trustees meeting discusses tuition hike for CSU students

Trailing the announcement of a potential increase in tuition last November, the Cal State University Board of Trustees met Tuesday to discuss the issue again in more concrete terms. Going into the 2018-2019 academic and fiscal year, the board is requiring a state investment of $263 million and an additional $19.9 million in tuition revenue for their plan of five areas of investment, according to the Committee of Trustees’ minutes from the meeting. These areas of funding include the second year of Graduation Initiative 2025, compensation increases for all employee groups, enrollment growth of 1 percent, investment in critical infrastructure and mandatory cost increases for health care, minimum wage and retirement for faculty. Despite the state budget plan promising continued investment in higher education systems, only about $92.1 million is being allocated to the Cal State system. This will leave a $171 million gap that the board has two plans to close, the primary of which is an increase in tuition for students beginning fall 2018. The price hike would affect undergraduate students, with an increase of $228 per student, bringing annual tuition to $5,970 and creating about $69.8 million in new revenue to support the system’s operating budget. Though

CSULB fights hate speech and tuition increase

Systemwide issues All eyes and ears were focused on Associated Student Inc. President Joe Nino as he announced that tuition may increase for the second year in a row during Wednesday’s meeting. Nino said that he was in attendance at the Board of Trustees meeting yesterday, and the lack of state funds may call for an increase in tuition and student fees. The projected state funding for the initiative is $102 million and the projected budget is about $260 million, which leaves the university system at almost a $150 million deficit. Similar circumstances involving a lack of state funding occurred last year and is what resulted in the raise in tuition. “Obviously this is something that students don’t want,” Nino said. “We need to make sure that we’re being as accessible as we can, and we need to fight against this. We need to come together, and we need to prepare now, because come March, we might be faced with another issue where the Board of Trustees [vote to raise tuition].” The projected funding will come with a systemwide 43 percent increase in compensation for faculty and staff, which Nino stated is merited but not appropriate right now. “It’s not

By | 2017-11-08T23:25:28-07:00 Nov 8, 2017 | 11:25 pm|Categories: ASI, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Non-profit organization for free tuition may be adopted by CSULB  

This story has been updated Oct. 11.   Student organization Rise is off and running after a second reading of the campaign for free tuition was passed 13-0-9 at the Associated Students Inc. Senate meeting Wednesday. Yet with nine abstentions, senators aren’t completely convinced on adopting the movement at Cal State Long Beach. Rise Inc. is a non-profit student organization at the university striving to provide students with a tuition-free education. The team’s campaign slogan is “moving forward together," which emphasizes working to eliminate college tuitions, protect students from debt and invest in public colleges and universities. “I’m a little anxious and worried right now,” Senator-at-large Danielle Carancho said at the meeting. “My move for next week is to talk with my co-senators and see where they’re at and why they abstained.” Next Wednesday the third reading of Rise will go to the ASI senate for votes. This reading is going to be the most important, according to Carancho. Tuition hikes are becoming more frequent as university budgets get smaller. There is a growing number of students voicing their upsets of college education becoming unaffordable for some, and the voices of these students are communicated through the Rise campaign. The

By | 2017-10-11T21:48:58-07:00 Oct 10, 2017 | 8:10 pm|Categories: ASI, Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tuition increase still not enough for CSU budget needs

The California State University Board of Trustees voted on March 22 to increase tuition by 5 percent, but the tuition increase won’t entirely fix the support budget shortfall; the CSU still needs over $90 million of additional funding from the state. While students will be paying more, there is no guarantee that the state will provide funding for the rest of the deficit. The approval to charge students an additional $270-438 annually, based on graduate level, in tuition will only cover less than half the total amount of the $167.7 million shortcoming, according to data given to the Daily 49er by Ted Kadowaki, associate vice president of budget and university services. In November, the CSU submitted its budget request of $343.7 million of additional funding for the 2017-18 year to the state of California and in January, Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed state budget and gave the CSU $157.2 million of additional funding. If this is all the CSU gets, it will need to use that for compensation for existing faculty and staff contracts and mandatory cost increases for healthcare and other benefits, which cost $139.1 million and $26 million, respectively. “That means we have no money at all

Tuition increase approved by board of trustees

California State University Board of Trustees voted 11-8 for a $270 annual tuition increase which will take effect this fall. Students shouted their protests both inside and outside the doors of Chancellor Timothy White’s office. Outside, over a hundred CSU students, staff and advocates rallied outside the Chancellor's office at the Board of Trustees meeting in downtown Long Beach today, participating in student-run demonstrations and chants in order to protest the proposed 5 percent tuition increase. The increase was on the floor for discussion for almost three hours while students voiced their disapproval and board members challenged one another. The tuition hike will affect all Cal State undergraduate, graduate and non-residential students. The 63 percent of CSU students who have their tuition fully covered by grants or waivers will not be affected by the increase, as the CSU set aside $30 million to make sure grants and waivers would remain the same. Board members blamed the tuition increase on the lack of state funding for the CSU system, claiming that they wouldn’t have to look to students to pay if the state provided the funds in the first place. Still, others were against the increase, saying that students should not

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