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President Jane Close Conoley Responds to Governor’s Proposed 2018-19 State Budget

Her campus received record 103,000 applications for 2018 fall semester


Contact: Jeff.Bliss@csulb.edu / 562-985-5109

LONG BEACH, Calif., (Jan. 10, 2018) – Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley released the following statement in response to the governor’s proposed 2018-19 State Budget Act:The governor’s proposed budget includes another modest increase in funding for the California State University. His multiyear plan to provide incremental increases has brought stability to our campus’ budget-making process. However, funding for the system is close to pre-recession levels and the CSU consistently is asked to do more with less. This cannot be sustained.

As lawmakers deliberate on the budget proposal, it is important they fully understand demand to gain access to an affordable, high-quality college degree is outpacing state investment in the California State University. For the 2018 fall semester, Long Beach State University received a record-breaking 103,000 applications. Under this funding scenario, the campus will be forced to turn away tens of thousands of CSU-eligible students.

As we reject qualified students, we must keep in mind the dire warning that by 2030, the state will face a shortfall of 1.1 million college-degree holders, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. In short, the economy is unforgiving to those who lack a college degree. 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.


About the university: Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. The campus values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.