CSU Board Meets to Consider Faculty Raises, Online Enrollment

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — For the first time in years, the California State University Board of Trustees met to consider faculty raises, funding for online courses and an enrollment boost of 6,000 more students rather than budget cuts.

The board meeting at the chancellor’s office in Long Beach on Tuesday was for discussion purposes only since the CSU budget is contingent on the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal later this year.

Brown’s proposed state budget calls for an additional $125.1 million in annual funding for the 23-campus CSU system.

The budget also promises no student fee hikes in the next fiscal year.

The additional funding, coupled with the passage of the Proposition 30 tax measure in November, is shoring up the university system’s budget.

The CSU has lost nearly $1 billion, or 30 percent, of its funding since 2008, forcing the nation’s largest university system to impose fee hikes, enrollment freezes and other drastic measures in recent years.

Jennifer Gould reports.

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