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Budget Central

September 20, 2013

President's Letter to the Campus Community

The governor provided a modest 5% increase in funding for the CSU and has indicated that in the next and subsequent years, additional increases are expected. These modest increases do not fully restore the substantial loss of state appropriation that we experienced over the past several years. However, this budget outlook does place us on a stable footing with modest positive expectations for the future.

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January 11, 2013

Chancellor's Employee Update on Governor's 2013–14 Proposed Budget.

Governor Brown's 2013–14 proposed budget released this week seeks $125.1 million in new state funding for the CSU, and also reinstates the $125 million that was cut from last year's budget and was due to be reimbursed with voters' approval of Proposition 30.

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November 29, 2012

Provost's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are all relieved that Proposition 30 was approved by the voters of California. Approval means that the CSU is not subject to massive additional $250m "trigger" budget cuts. With passage of Proposition 30, CSULB faces a $13.5m reduction this year, instead of $20m.

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November 20, 2012

President's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Faculty, Staff and Students:

As you already are aware, California voters passed Proposition 30 – The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 – at the polls on November 6. According to the Governor's 2012–13 State Budget, the passage of Proposition 30 assures higher education and the CSU of a status quo budget and no further reduction in state support at this time.

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November 7, 2012

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.

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July 9, 2012

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Faculty and Staff:

Recently Governor Brown approved the 2012-13 state budget. As anticipated, the budget continues to rely on the expectation that voters will approve temporary tax increases at the ballot box in November 2012. If the November tax initiative is not approved by the voters, the CSU would be subject to the previously announced trigger reduction of $250 million in January 2013. This further reduction added to the unprecedented $750 million reduction made during the last fiscal year means that state support for the CSU would be cut by $1 billion, or 35 percent over the past 24 months.

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March 19, 2012

Provost's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

The CSU and CSULB budgets for next year depend upon Governor Brown's November ballot initiative that would increase sales and income taxes. Voter approval is very uncertain. Should initiatives fail, the CSU will face a $200 million reduction. The CSU Board of Trustees will include many new Governor-appointed members who may not be willing to approve a fee increase large enough to mitigate the reduction.

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March 14, 2012

President's Letter to the Campus Community
Real Costs: Harvard vs. CSU

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

By now you probably have read in the news that according to the Bay Area News Group in San Francisco an average Harvard University education for a family earning $130,000 annually is less expensive than a CSU education. As an individual who spends a great deal of time delving into the world of higher education finance, I feel compelled to clarify this very misleading report. In the published report it was stated that due to Harvard’s vast $30-plus billion endowment and substantial tuition discounting practices, a student from a family earning an average of $130,000 per year would pay only $17,000 to attend Harvard, not the listed tuition cost of $36,300. This was compared to the overall cost of a CSU education which was listed in the report at $24,000 per year and to a UC education listed at $33,000 annually. 

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February 20, 2012

President's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we rapidly approach the end of February, I feel that it is important to update you regarding our budget situation and what we are facing in the upcoming 2012–13 state budget. In the Governor's proposed 2012–13 state budget, the CSU is facing another $200 million reduction unless a November tax initiative is passed by California voters. This further reduction is in addition to the unprecedented $750 million (27 percent) recurring reduction that we have been forced to address this fiscal year.

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December 15, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you've most likely heard, the potential mid-year "trigger" cuts are now certain. CSULB's share of the mid–year $100 million CSU budget reduction announced by the Governor yesterday is estimated to be $7.7 million.

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July 7, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Faculty and Staff:

As you have already heard, last week Governor Brown approved a 2011–12 budget. Unfortunately, this final budget reduces state appropriations to the CSU by an additional $150 million bringing the system's overall reduction to $650 million dollars. This means that we are facing an approximate 24 percent reduction in state support throughout the CSU.

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May 20, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

As the spring 2011 semester draws to a close and summer quickly approaches, the Resource Planning Process Task Force believes we should provide the latest status of the 2011–12 campus budget. Unfortunately, we still do not have definitive information to share due to the inability of the state legislature to pass a state budget, but the following summarizes our current circumstance.

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April 8, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

CSULB Students, Faculty and Staff:

On January 10, Governor Brown released his proposed 2011–12 state budget addressing an estimated $26 billion budget deficit. The Governor's proposal included a $500 million reduction in state support to the CSU. This budget would bring state support for the CSU to a level equivalent to 1999–2000 levels even though the university system currently serves nearly 70,000 more students. CSULB's share of a $500 million CSU reduction is estimated to be approximately $34 million, plus an additional $4 million to cover our share of systemwide unfunded mandatory increases for employee health benefits and increased energy costs.

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February 25, 2011

A Message From Donald Para, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Mary Stephens, Vice President for Administration and Finance:

The state budget outlook is very uncertain. Governor Brown has proposed a $500 million cut to the CSU for next year. If tax extensions proposed by the Governor are not placed on a June ballot or do not receive voter approval, our reduction could be larger.

Every spring, the campus develops budget plans for the following year. This spring, we need to plan for two scenarios that are both plausible. The "best case" scenario assumes the state budget that is approved by the Legislature is similar to the Governor's January proposal including tax extensions approved by the voters in June. A "worse case" scenario could occur if the June tax extensions fail and the cut to the CSU becomes much larger.

It is only responsible that we plan for both possibilities. The Resource Planning Process (RPP) Task Force and the operating divisions will begin planning soon for these scenarios. Preliminary conversations with the President's Cabinet, the Academic Senate Executive Committee, and University Resources Council have begun. We will certainly accept input from across the campus via email, if you have any ideas. (Please send emails to budget@csulb.edu) Prior to the conclusion of the spring semester, we will share with the campus a broad outline of the results of our planning efforts. Hopefully, we will not have to implement the "worse case" scenario.

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February 23, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Campus Community:

Last Thursday a number of us traveled north to Oakland for a final round of interviews with the WASC accreditation team. The meeting went extremely well and the oversight team was very complimentary of our campus and everything that our faculty, staff and students have accomplished over the last decade. Even though we have not officially received a final result from WASC, I would like to thank our students, faculty and staff for the time, energy, and sacrifice to make this three-year comprehensive effort a success.

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January 20, 2011

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Faculty, Staff and Students:

Earlier this month Governor Brown proposed his 2011-12 annual budget. While the Governor's proposed budget does not provide many specifics, it does include an 18 percent reduction–a $500 million cut–to the CSU with system enrollment set at about 339,000 resident Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES). Overall, California public higher education faces a $1.4 billion reduction. At this point, we do not yet know how the Chancellor's Office will apportion the $500 million budget reduction or what our new enrollment targets will be. We believe that more information regarding these issues will be made available in the coming weeks.

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November 23, 2010

After a record breaking delay of 100 days, a state budget for 2010-11 has finally been approved. The CSU received a budget increase that roughly equates to the $365 million augmentation originally proposed by the Governor in the January 2010 budget. Despite this additional funding, it only represents partial restoration of the massive $584 million in recent budget cuts to the CSU.

For CSULB, this translates to:

  • a funding increase of approximately $22 million from our original planning figures.
  • an increase in our baseline enrollment target for 2010–11 from our original target of 25,056 resident FTES to 26,454 resident FTES.
  • the ability to allocate $19 million to operating divisions to restore student services and restore the general capacity of the campus to instruct and serve students. As a partial contingency against yet another round of budget reductions in 2011–12, the $19 million has been allocated to the operating divisions on a one–time basis.

Looking ahead to 2011–12, we must proceed with cautious optimism in our planning. The Legislative Analyst Office has already projected an additional $19 billion state deficit in 2011–12 and we do not know how the new governor and legislature will treat higher education in the 2011–12 state budget.

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Donald Para, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mary Stephens, Vice President, Administration and Finance

October 11, 2010

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Campus Community:

After three long months into this fiscal year, I am pleased to announce that state lawmakers have passed California's 2010-2011 budget. The good news is that this budget includes $199 million in restored funding to the California State University (CSU) while also providing an additional $60.6 million for future enrollment growth. The final budget will increase CSU general fund support to $2.62 billion, marking the first restoration of state funding to the CSU since 2007.

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October 1, 2010

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Faculty and Staff:

Today not only marks the beginning of October and our second full month of the academic year, but it also marks the 90th day of operation into our fiscal year without a state budget. Despite this unprecedented reality we remain cautiously optimistic that we will not only get a state budget relatively soon but will get a budget that will restore some of the funds cut from our campus last year.

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July 6, 2010

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As we begin a new fiscal year (and yes, once again, without a state budget), I want to update you on our university's budget status. The campus budget planning process has been arduous with a tremendous amount of effort being focused on two main goals: to maintain our commitment to the educational mission of the university; and to preserve the jobs of our permanent employees. Let me first thank all of you for your hard work, dedication, patience, and understanding as we close 2009–10 and start the 2010–11 year.

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June 10, 2010

As we approach the end of the current fiscal year, we reach the end of the negotiated furlough agreements with most of our bargaining units. We anticipate that furloughs will end on June 30, 2010. Twelve–month employees can expect to see their first non–furlough check on July 30th and Academic Year employees will receive their first non-furlough check on September 30th.

The 2010/2011 budget for the California State University System is still unclear due to an uncertain time line for the legislative approval of the state budget. This uncertainty makes it difficult to say that there is no possibility of furloughs; however, the budget assumptions we are utilizing to plan for the coming fiscal year do not include furloughs.

The faculty, staff, and management of California State University, Long Beach have shown their true commitment to our students and to our mission this past year by minimizing the impact to instruction through their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Thank you for your professionalism and your service as we continue to deal with this unprecedented financial crisis.

Mary Stephens, Vice President
Administration and Finance

May 19, 2010

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear CSULB Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Governor Schwarzenegger released the May Revision of the state budget on May 14, 2010 as expected. The good news is that the May Revision continues to prioritize higher education above many other areas by proposing to restore to the CSU $305 million that had been reduced in recent budgets. Additionally, the May Revision contains increased funding of an additional $60.6 million to support enrollment growth for the CSU. An important development is that in the Governor's January budget proposal, this additional enrollment funding was contingent upon the state receiving a certain amount of federal funds for other state programs. The May Revision removes this contingency language.

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April 30, 2010

President's Letter to the Campus Community

Dear Campus Community,

As you are probably aware from statewide news sources, there really is not much new information to report regarding the state's budget situation. Our current financial situation is unchanged because the Governor and legislature have yet to take any action. However, the next milestone in the state's budgeting process is the Governor's May Revise Budget, which is due to be published no later than May 14.

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February 25, 2010

A new budget presentation, CSULB 2010-11 Budget Planning - February 2010, has now been posted on the Budget Central website. This budget update includes information about the Governor's January proposed budget for the CSU, updated CSULB budget planning parameters, a summary of divisional budget planning conducted in fall 2009, and preliminary contingency measures due to the range of possible final budget outcomes for 2010-11. The presentation begins with an executive summary for those who may only be interested in the highlights. The remainder of the presentation provides a detailed update of the campus budget outlook as of February 2010.

CSULB 2010-11 Budget Planning - February 2010 is intended to be a self-guided presentation with explanatory narrative slides. However, we are happy to present this update in person for any group who is interested. Please contact Jean Ohara at 5-1658 for scheduling.

For this presentation and future budget updates, please continue to check CSULB Budget Central at http://www.csulb.edu/about/budgetcentral/

Donald Para, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mary Stephens, Vice President for Administration and Finance

February 1, 2010

President's Letter to Campus Community

Dear CSULB Faculty and Staff:

As you may have heard, the Governor’s 2010-11 proposed state budget prioritizes higher education above many other areas and represents a positive starting point for the CSU. It is also important to point out that there was no mention of a mid-year budget reduction for the CSU, which allows us (CSULB) to proceed in 2009-10 as currently planned. Additionally, the Governor’s proposed budget replaces some of the funding cut from CSU last year by recommending that $305 million be restored to the CSU system. Finally, the proposed budget contains increased funding of an additional $60.6 million for 2.5 percent enrollment growth (8,290 FTES). What does all this mean for the CSU and our campus?

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December 8, 2009

CSU Chancellor addresses legislators on California Master Plan for Higher Education

Chancellor: State Needs to Renew its Commitment to Higher Education

The state's Master Plan remains a viable framework for California's public higher education system, according to CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, but the state needs to renew its investment in higher education.

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