Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Things to Come?
From the LA Times: (excerpt)
A committee of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $4.6-billion budget plan that includes money to hire faculty and increase student enrollment. The 2014-2015 proposal seeks an increase of $237.6 million in state funding. Included in that total is about $80 million to increase student enrollment by about 20,000; $13 million to hire more than 500 new, full-time faculty members; $15 million to finance critical maintenance repairs and upgrades and more than $91 million to increase faculty salaries...
The request is somewhat of a gamble, relying on an improving state economy and faith that, after years of cuts, lawmakers again are willing to invest in higher education. And it comes in the face of a consistent drumbeat from Gov. Jerry Brown that California's public colleges and universities have to run leaner and acknowledge competing monetary demands on the state — such as funding healthcare, prisons and pensions. The governor reiterated those concerns Tuesday: "Each item has to fit with each other in terms of available money down the road," Brown said.
He left the meeting before the budget vote...
Full story at www.latimes.com/local/la-me-calstate-trustees-20131106,0,6092566.story
Will we see a repeat at the Regents? Predicting the future is difficult, of course: