California State University Approves 12% Tuition Hike

LONG BEACH (CBS / AP) — The California State University system on Tuesday approved another 12 percent increase in student tuition this fall to offset a deeper-than-expected cut in state funding.

With a 13-2 vote, the CSU Board of Trustees passed the annual tuition hike of $588, which comes on top of a previously approved 10 percent increase for 2011-2012.

CSU officials said the increase is needed to maintain classes and services while avoiding large-scale enrollment cuts that would prevent tens of thousands of students from attending one of the system’s 23 campuses.

“We don’t take great delight in doing this,” board Chairman Herbert Carter said at the meeting in Long Beach. “We do it because we think it is in the best interest of the young people of this state that this university be available to them.”

Annual tuition for in-state undergraduates will increase to $5,472, which doesn’t include room, board or campus fees averaging $950. That’s more than three times what CSU students paid a decade ago.

Tuition will rise by $678 for credential program students and $720 for graduate students.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi W/ Reaction From San Jose State:

One-third of the new revenue will be set aside for financial aid. About 170,000 CSU students, almost half of all undergraduates, have all of their tuition covered by grants and fee waivers because their families earn less than $70,000 per year, according to CSU officials.

Critics say the tuition hikes will hurt middle-class and undocumented immigrant students who don’t qualify for financial aid.

The recently approved state budget reduces CSU funding by $650 million, or more than 20 percent, to $2.1 billion. Administrators had been anticipating a $500 million reduction.

The system, which has about 412,000 students, stands to lose another $100 million if the state generates less revenue than projected.

“The enormous reduction to our state funding has left us with no other choice if we are to maintain quality and access to the CSU,” said Chancellor Charles Reed.

About 50 students marched and chanted outside the board meeting, carrying signs that read “Fund instruction, not corruption” and “No cuts, no fees.”

“We are vehemently disappointed in what has happened today,” said Gregory Washington, president of the California State Student Association. “The sad truth is that California isn’t prioritizing its higher education.”

Cal Poly Pomona student Pati Guerra, 21, said she’s tired of seeing CSU trustees deal with the budget crunch by pushing tuition higher and higher.

She said one of her younger brothers had to drop out of school because of the increases, and another brother is looking into studying out-of-state.

“They keep on taxing the students,” Guerra said. “The CSU claims to be an affordable, accessible and a quality education. But that’s no longer the case.”

Shortly after the tuition vote, the board approved a controversial $400,000 compensation package, including $50,000 from the campus foundation, for Elliot Hirshman, the new president of San Diego State University. That’s about $100,000 more than his predecessor Stephen Weber.

In a letter to the board chairman Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown criticized the move, saying, “I fear your approach to compensation is setting a pattern for public service that we cannot afford.”

CSU officials defended Hirshman’s salary, saying the university needs to provide competitive compensation to recruit and retain top administrators.

Carter acknowledged the governor’s concerns and said the board would create a task force to review CSU’s policies on selecting and paying administrators.

“This whole thing has been an insult,” said Grace Castaneda, a 19-year-old student at California State University, Northridge, who has taken out $10,000 in loans to help pay for her education. “If they cared, they wouldn’t have salaries of $400,000.”

The University of California’s Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Thursday on raising tuition by 9.6 percent above the previously approved 8 percent increase for the coming academic year.

If approved, annual tuition for in-state undergraduates would increase $1,068 to $12,192, which doesn’t include room, board or campus fees. One third of the new fee revenue will be used for financial aid

UC officials say the additional tuition hike is needed to offset the 10-campus system’s loss of $650 million in state funding.

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  • Milan Moravec

    Tuition increases at University of California a result of tenured incompetent University of California Chancellor Birgeneau. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a California public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such actions by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none. Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Chancellors who, like Birgeneau, treat the university as their fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience, have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

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  • kc

    I just want to cry. I have 2 kids who will be ready for college in 2012 & 2013. It’s just insane how much more college costs now and how much harder it is to get in..
    kids with 4.0s or higher, sports, jobs etc.. can’t get in to Cal or UCLA.

  • Booze

    if you don’t like it, then go someplace else. Hard choices have to be made, frankly I would rather have fire and police protection than cheaper tuition for college. Do like I did, get a job and work your way through school

  • Hudson

    I put myself through school by working on week nights and weekends. If you think about it, all those money I saved from hanging out with friends by working, it really paid off. People should stop crying and just get on with it.

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  • Milan Moravec

    ‘Eat your peas Universdity of California. University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for UC and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with deeds – wage concessions.

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