Budget Advocacy Day

Uploaded by csuco on 26.05.2011

California is at a turning point. We are going to decide whether
we are going to adequately fund our universities or not.
Well, you know a thirty-two percent increase in tuition
would be about sixteen hundred dollars for every one of our students next year
on top of the ten percent increase this year. Number two,
turning away twenty to thirty thousand students
that we won't be able to serve. Those are two
bad things that we would be
pushed to the wall to try to keep our doors open. It would be
catastrophic if we had to have an all-cuts budget. One of the campuses
would need to cancel many hundreds, if not thousands, of classes
that students, even those who are enrolled, would have a difficult
time working their way to graduation. And if this state continues to change in terms
of who the new California is, we are denying them the opportunity,
by virtue of not making this investment, so that the future
looks even less bright for all of us. If this,
another five hundred million dollars comes into effect, that means
our tuition would be almost around eight thousand dollars for next year.
In the Central Valley of California, with twenty percent unemployment, that
means I'm going to be losing at least one thousand students. One thousand
less students will be attending. We already are turning
away thousands of qualified students for this coming fall.
We have prepared a letter that will go out for students who
would apply for Spring of 2012, that they would be put on
a wait list as we have to figure out
where this goes. So it is very much affecting
our student population and those potential students
who want to come. They are qualified, they are prepared,
and we don't have the space for them. A community like Bakersfield,
Kern County, and the Central Valley, where the college-going
rate is so much lower than the state rate, one of the worst things
we can do, with respect to the future of the Valley
and the future of our state, is to deny admission to
students with whom we have been working over the years, and with teachers
and community colleges to prepare those students for admission.
And so, we certainly want to avoid a situation
where we turn away first generation college students
who are looking for the opportunity to transform their own lives and the lives of
their families and communities. I have asked them to mobilize their
friends and supporters to win
the next four votes from the Republicans
to get the tax extensions put on the ballot, and then,
once they're put on the ballot, to be part of a great
crusade and campaign to get it to pass. This is not just about
politics, this is serious stuff. It's about the future of California.
Fifty percent of the kids in this state today are born on
Medi-Cal. That means they're poor kids. A huge number
will not learn English as their first language. If this state is to
be the dream that California has been for the last one hundred and fifty years, we need to invest
in our schools and in education. And that's the big
stake in this election that I'm putting forward to the people
I think the people, when given the chance, will resoundingly vote
to invest in the future of California and their own kids. California
State University serves more needy students than any university
system in the United States, and these people know that, and
they want to see students get a chance to go to college,
get a degree, and get a good job in their communities.
My jugement is that we are getting close to getting
those votes.