President's Letter to the Campus Community
Dear CSULB Campus Community:
After three long months into this fiscal year, I am pleased to announce that state lawmakers have passed California's 2010-2011 budget. The good news is that this budget includes $199 million in restored funding to the California State University (CSU) while also providing an additional $60.6 million for future enrollment growth. The final budget will increase CSU general fund support to $2.62 billion, marking the first restoration of state funding to the CSU since 2007. The CSU will also receive $106 million in one-time only federal stimulus funding for this year. The combination of these funds will allow the CSU campuses to admit up to 30,000 additional students for the winter, spring, and fall 2011 terms. As you already know, previous budget reductions have forced the CSU to reduce enrollments by approximately 40,000 and CSULB by nearly 4,000 students. These additional funds which restore about 30 percent of the budget reductions that we have been forced to endure recently are very much welcomed, especially in light of the fact that California faced a $19 billion fiscal deficit.
This state budget also includes pension reform that will impact CSU and state employees who are hired beginning November 2010. However, the reforms do not apply to current employees or those hired prior to November 2010.
Overall, this new budget and level of state support returns the CSU to our 2005-2006 state support levels of $2.62 billion. Prior to this new state budget, our funding levels had been reduced to their lowest point since 1999-2000. We will keep you informed as we learn more about our recent state budget and the potential impact for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which is only nine months away.
Additionally, I want to thank the hundreds of CSULB students, faculty, and staff for the countless hours, reports, meetings, and efforts that they contributed to make our campuswide WASC accreditation team's concluding visit an extraordinary success. Last Friday the visiting WASC team held its final exit session and provided us with some very useful feedback based on years of collecting information from CSULB students, faculty and staff. Their conclusions were extremely complimentary of our campus culture, commitment to students, and our shared dedication to our university's mission. Thank you to everyone who worked diligently to inform those outside the CSULB family what our campus has accomplished and its potential to serve the nation as a model for all public universities in the decades to come. The final report will be officially completed in the coming months and submitted to WASC in the spring for final consideration and approval.
Thank you and Go Beach!
F. King Alexander