CSU Community Offers Ideas for Budget Cuts
Ideas to reduce costs and raise revenues to manage the CSU's current and potential budget reductions were discussed among members of the CSU community Monday.
At a second meeting webcast to campuses, the session, attended by approximately 750 CSU community members, solicited approximately 150 questions and suggestions via e-mail ranging from increasing tuition for super seniors and students taking more than 18 units, garnering more industry investment in the CSU, offering more Cal State Online courses and increasing employees' share of health care costs.
Some options raised are already being considered, CSU executives noted, such as shared administrative services, increasing the number of nonresident students, tiered tuition, and renting campus facilities. Other suggestions such as reduced work hours require more investigation.
Facing an additional $250 million budget cut in November if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure, the CSU is looking at a reduction in its state funding to $1.8 billion. Monday's webcast was a follow-up to a May 23 System Budget Advisory Committee meeting, inviting the CSU community's input to find viable solutions to its budget challenges.
After further discussion with the chancellor and campus presidents, the CSU system executives will make specific recommendations to the Board of Trustees and then follow with additional options pending the outcome of the governor's tax measure. Questions, suggestions and comments from the meeting along with extended responses will be available on the Budget Strategies website later this week.