CSU trustees approve 2013-2014 budget request


The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Nov. 14, approved its 2013-2014 budget request of the governor and the legislature, which seeks to balance the system’s continued unmet needs with the state’s fiscal challenges.

csuwordmarktwolineThe CSU is requesting a total of $371.9 million over its current baseline budget that includes state funds, tuition and systemwide fees. The plan includes revenue for enrollment growth, compensation, as well as maintenance of facilities.

“This budget request is a genuine reflection of the fiscal needs of the university, but moderated by the reality of the state’s fiscal challenges,” said Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget. “The revenue plan strikes a balance between a reasonable request to the state and revenue associated with enrollment growth.”

The budget plan identifies increased funding needs of $441.8 million, and asks the governor and the legislature for a total increase of $371.9 million in state support funds. The enrollment demand item will accommodate an increase in the number of students admitted, as well as additional courses for current students.

Specific funding requests include:

  • Mandatory costs (health benefits, new space, energy) — $48.2 million
  • Compensation increase (3 percent “pool”) — $86.3 million
  • Graduation Initiative/Student Success — $58.0 million
  • 5 percent enrollment demand — $155.8 million
  • Urgent maintenance needs — $50.0 million
  • Information technology infrastructure upgrade — $20.0 million
  • Instructional equipment replacement — $23.0 million
  • Center for California Studies — $0.5 million

The expenditure plan would bring annual spending for support of the CSU to approximately $4.5 billion, including student fee revenues.

Approximately $69.9 million in revenue will come from tuition fee revenue associated with enrollment growth of approximately 20,000 additional students.

The budget also includes funds for a 3 percent compensation increase pool for faculty and staff (subject to collective bargaining for represented employees), funding for the Graduation Initiative, as well as funding for urgent maintenance needs and increased mandatory costs (health care benefits, energy).

For the latest on the CSU budget, go to the CSU Budget Central website.

CSU Chancellor-designee White asks trustees to reduce his pay by 10 percent

Timothy P. White, who will become the chancellor of the California State University at the end of this year, today requested that the CSU Board of Trustees reduce the state-funded portion of his salary by 10 percent.

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CSU Chancellor-designee Timothy P. White

White was scheduled to receive an annual salary at the same level as the current chancellor, $421,500 from state funds plus a $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation sources.

At the chancellor-designee’s request, the board lowered the state-funded portion of White’s salary to $380,000. The change does not impact the Foundation supplement of $30,000.

“Despite the passage of Proposition 30, there remain grave economic issues to solve in California and the California State University,” said White. “The success of the measure was the voice of the voters and taxpayers of California to start to reinvest in education. I also recognize that Californians expect me to properly steward these resources. Consequently, as I join the faculty, staff and students who have experienced cuts, salary freezes, and increased fees, I too must do my part. This is the basis of my request to reduce my own compensation to contribute to the rebuilding of this great university.”

White indicated that he made the decision to request the reduction after speaking with a variety of stakeholders, both internally at the CSU and externally, and that he viewed the compensation reduction as appropriate in light of the fact that most employees, including presidents, have seen no pay increase since 2007.

CSU Board Chair Bob Linscheid commented on White’s decision saying, “Tim was not obligated to make the request to reduce his compensation, but it is a testament to his commitment to the CSU and a demonstration of his leadership.”

White has served as the chancellor at the University of California, Riverside since 2008, and succeeds CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed who is retiring following a 14-year tenure with the system.