Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CSU Student Success Fees, CCC four year degree proposal latest...

see: Capitol Alert: 'Student success fees' part of California budget debate

Directly challenging Gov. Jerry Brown's budget priorities, Senate and Assembly committees last week proposed spending another $95 million to $100 million for California State University next year.

CSU has been asking for the additional funding boost since January, when Brown suggested an increase of $125 million, or 5 percent, for the system in 2014-15.

But the Legislature's propsoed added funding would come with a condition -- a moratorium on the controversial "student success fees" that have spurred protests at campuses across the state in the past few months.

"We don't want to saddle our CSU students with further debt," said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education. "We wanted to send a strong signal to our state and our students that the Legislature is making public higher education among our top priorities."

The fees, which vary by location but usually run several hundred dollars per semester, have been implemented at 11 of the 23 CSU campuses in recent years to generate revenue for initiatives that improve student success and completion rates. This includes hiring new faculty, adding more course sections and buying new technology.

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If Brown rejected the Legislature's proposed funding increase, Muratsuchi said they could still pursue a moratorium on student success fees through legislation.

CSU was not available for comment.

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and Daily Bruin with a story on a bill to fast track four year degrees at the CCCs

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Napolitano has attended multiple meetings with the leadership of all three segments (UC, CSU,CCC) over the past few months- what are her thoughts on the above?

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