CSU officials want faculty pay raises, higher enrollment with Prop. 30 money

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 10:40 am

The California State University system hopes to add 6,000 students, provide raises to faculty and staff members and cover rate increases for employee health care benefits using an additional $125.1 million in funding allocated in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.

CSU officials expect to present their plan to the board of trustees today.

Fee hikes that have become routine in recent years to make up for lower state funding for the 23-campus system are not included in the proposal, said Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget.

"I think everyone understands what our students have been through the last few years," Turnage said.

"It's very clear that we need a break."

Turnage said the addition of $125.1 million from the Proposition 30 tax increase is divided into three main categories dealing with cost increases, a compensation pool and student success.

Among the proposals:

• $48.2 million to cover rate increases for employee health care benefits and other mandatory cost increases, such as increased energy costs and new facility operations.

• $38 million to provide raises to faculty and staff members. Turnage said it is important to address compensation since nearly every employee took a 10 percent pay cut via furlough days. Turnage said executive level staff members won't be included in the raises.

• $21.7 million for enrollment growth to admit 6,000 more students and hire additional instructors and student services staff members.

• $10 million to reduce bottlenecking in required courses by adding technology such as online courses.

• $7.2 million in incentive funding for campuses that develop innovative programs, such as reducing the achievement gap or improving graduation rates.

Call Melody Gutierrez, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow her on Twitter @melodygutierrez.

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