California Governor Seeks More Money for Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed

Scott Jaschik
May 17, 2021
California governor Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed spending more on higher education than he did in his earlier budget — and won praise from college leaders as a result.
The University of California issued this statement: “The University of California is deeply grateful to Governor Newsom for proposing the largest state investment in UC’s history: more than $807 million, which includes more than $506 million in ongoing funding for core campus operations, student needs and medical training. The budget, with the support of legislative leadership, reflects an earlier agreement to fully restore more than $300 million in budget reductions that were enacted in the 2020 state budget.”
California State University chancellor Joseph I. Castro said, “The Governor’s May revision budget proposal provides significant additional funding to public higher education and the California State University, and contains many visionary strategies that will enable the Golden State’s economy to come roaring back. Two such bold proposals are transformational investments in Humboldt State University to expedite a transition that will further meet California’s needs and at California State University, Northridge to create a national Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) ‘Equity Innovation Hub.’ We are grateful for the proposed recurring investment in the CSU. Investing in the CSU — the nation’s largest and most diverse public university — continues to be one of the wisest and most consequential decisions our state’s leaders can make with a sevenfold return on every dollar that California invests in the university.”