3.21.2004

No Further Cuts to the CSU!

From the CSU website:
Attempting to address California’s continuing budget crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed cutting $240 million or 9 percent from the California State University system for the 2004-05 fiscal year, potentially limiting student access by approximately 20,000 students if the cuts are implemented as proposed.

The proposed cut, together with the 2003-04 General Fund budget cut of $531 million, brings the total two-year General Fund cut to the CSU to $771 million, or a 28.8 percent reduction in student support. California will invest less in higher education and the CSU will be faced with the prospect of accepting fewer students. The CSU, however, will not compromise quality.

“While we continue to share the pain of the state’s fiscal crisis, the public must realize that these budget reductions will negatively impact student access to the California State University because all qualified students will not be admitted,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Fewer students admitted means fewer educated citizens entering the workforce to stimulate the economy and provide the jobs that the governor stressed in his State of the State address. Not investing in higher education will have a devastating impact on the state’s economic future.”
A call to action from a faculty member at San Francisco State University:
Colleagues and students --

I am painfully aware, more even than you, of the number of emails I send. There is, though, no other way in which I can reach you all and meet my other obligations in this period of protracted crisis.

In a very strong tripartite coalition, the statewide and local administration of CSU, the Academic Senate CSU, and the California Faculty Association are engaging in local (rather than Sacramento-based) efforts to plead with legislators to protect funding for the CSU in the ongoing budget deliberations.

In a community as complex as this university system, each of us is likely to have our special concerns: saving outreach and retention programs; protecting the number of class offerings; trying to retain high quality of instruction and learning opportunities; strengthening academic programs; maintaining quality of life in the CSU for all members of the University community . . . just a few of the many issues at stake.

By following the following instructions, you can -- with a minimal investment of either time or cash -- participate in this effort. As important as it is for us to reach local representatives, it is also important for those of us who have friends and family in southern California (to be blunt, the Republican counties) to ask them, too, to play a role. To make that possible, I am attaching information that you can use in your own calls and send your friends and family if you are so inclined. And there's nothing to prevent you from calling or writing them directly; they need to hear from the public that we want to preserve a unique system of higher education that has given much to California.

Please take time to make a call, and to ask one or two others to do the same. You will find useful information from both the ASCSU and CFA on the attachments; use them as you wish . . . write your own 'script' . . . do what you can to protect a university system to which we are all deeply committed.


Here are the phone numbers of selected Bay Area legislators (CFA's target list):

Mark Leno (415) 557-3001
Jackie Speier (415) 557-7857

Below is a sample script. Modify as you wish, as long as you include the basic message "NO FURTHER CUTS TO THE CSU." Calls from CSU employees, students, community members, parents and just plain folks will all help. After you finish, call the CFA office at 415-338-6232 and leave the following information:

Your name and phone number, who you called, the date of the call.

Thanks!



CSU Campus Callers, Suggested Script:
Hello my name is (First and Last Name), and I am a (faculty/student/staff) at CSU (Campus Name). I'm calling to oppose any further cuts to the California State University system. Classes are already being eliminated, and students are being turned away. If the Governor's budget is approved, the CSU budget will have been cut by over a half-a-billion dollars in the last two years.

The financial health of the CSU is critical to the state's economic health. I encourage (Assemblymember or Senator __________________) to oppose any further cuts to the California State University system.

Thank you.
Community Members/Parents, Suggested Script:
Hello my name is (First and Last Name), and I am a (faculty/student/staff) at CSU (Campus Name). I'm calling to oppose any further cuts to the California State University system. SFSU is important to the community (or our family, business, etc). The financial health of the CSU is critical to the state's economic health. I encourage (Assemblymember or Senator __________________) to oppose any further cuts to the California State University system.

Thank you.