President's Letter to the Campus Community
CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:
Yesterday's passage of Proposition 30 indicates that the people of California have spoken and agree that the public education system is underfunded. Prop. 30 is an important "first step" toward adequate funding for the children and students of California and perhaps is an indication that public education needs to be a state priority once again.
Even though Prop. 30 does not address the long–term impacts of the severe budget cuts the CSU and our campus have endured over the past several years, it offers some hope that the state and its citizens are very concerned about the disinvestment trends in public education that continue to negatively impact California.
As you are aware, if the proposition had failed, the CSU would have had a budget "trigger cut" in January of $250 million, with CSULB's share being approximately $20 million. Fortunately, the scenario now is much different. The Board of Trustees approved a plan that would rescind the $249 semester fee increase that took effect this fall should voters support the proposition. Passage of Prop. 30 means that our annual tuition fees for full-time undergraduates will return to the 2011–12 rate. Our fall 2012 students will receive a refund of this semester's fee increase of $249.
As Californians have made clear, education needs to be a state priority once again. It is my hope that we will see an increase in funding in the state's next budget cycle. But in the meantime, I want to thank all of our students, faculty and staff for the dedication and effort you have shown in supporting our university and our students. I also want to thank ASI and everyone involved in making sure that our students and others were able to exercise their right to vote on an important state and national election day.
F. King Alexander