I am delighted to let you know that we have a stable budget outlook for the first time in several years. Prop 30 was affirmed by the voters. Although our losses have not been fully restored, our budget outlook is stable and modestly improving. I am delighted to report that we will be providing increased funding to colleges and departments this year.
Although we do not know for certain, it is likely that collective bargaining negotiations will bring a much needed modest rise in pay for faculty and staff this year, for the first time in several.
We have much of which to be proud. Academic Affairs has emerged from several difficult budget years with its core mission intact, with record high graduation rates and degrees awarded, and with many instances of continued excellence. This remarkable performance is attributable to the hard work of many faculty, students, staff, and administrators under difficult circumstances. I offer my gratitude to the campus for this commitment and my congratulations on these achievements.
Following are key developments as we begin the academic year:
These are welcome improvements in our budget outlook, especially compared to the prior year.
AB 94, signed into law this year, requires the CSU to report on performance measures including transfer and low-income enrollments, four- and six-year graduation rates and degrees awarded. We expect the Governor to link next year’s CSU budget to performance measures.
Fortunately, CSULB has long been working on improving these metrics. Our efforts to support students – in addition to being the right thing to do – are very much in our institutional interest in the new performance funding environment.
AB 94 also establishes the parameters for a new Middle Class Scholarship program, which will be phased in beginning in 2014-15.
CSULB's University Relations & Development Endowment hit a milestone this year, surpassing $50 million. As CSULB seeks to maintain its status as one of the finest public universities in the nation, our endowment is emerging as one of the single most important resources available. We are immensely grateful for the generous contributions provided by our many alumni and friends.
Externally supported research expenditures last year were about $30 million. Federal sequestration had an adverse effect on expenditures and new external awards. Nevertheless, CSULB faculty received a number of notable awards that will commence in the coming year including:
Although the state budget has stabilized, state investment in public universities may never reach levels of the past. California's fiscal support for higher education per $1,000 of personal income is roughly equal to the levels of state support provided in the 1960s, nearly a half century ago. Yet the CSU is serving 90,000 additional students. At CSULB, state appropriations account for only about 23% of our overall budget. As recently as 2009, state support accounted for 47% of the overall budget.