Statement From LBSU President On Governor's Proposed Budget
Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley released the following statement in response to Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 State Budget Act
Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley released the following statement in response to Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 State Budget Act*:
“The governor’s proposed budget marks the beginning of a five-month budget negotiation process. His support of incremental funding increases for the California State University is commendable and a good place to start the discussion about the true level of funding the CSU will need to meet the high demand for a college education.
While the increase is greatly appreciated, the governor’s funding commitment hinders Long Beach State University's ability to increase student access and accelerate graduation rates. It’s my hope state lawmakers will consider augmenting his budget proposal to allow us to offer more courses, hire more faculty and invest more in services provided to students to make these improvements. Otherwise, research shows that California’s economic and social wellbeing will suffer for decades to come.
The demand for public higher education has never been higher, yet the state investment per student is below what it was 30 years ago. Despite our ongoing funding challenges, the good news is that an education at Long Beach State University, and other campuses in the CSU system, remains one of the most affordable and high-quality college educations in the country, if not the world.”
*In September 2016, the CSU Board of Trustees considered a preliminary support budget that identified major priority areas for the system for 2017-18, including funding for a “Graduation Initiative 2025.” Estimated state investments in the CSU to fully fund system priorities include $343.7 million in new revenue. The governor’s proposed budget provides $161.2 million, leaving a funding gap of roughly $167.7 million.
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