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Gov. Brown Advises Cal State to Fix Buildings Before Taking More Students


The Chronicle of Higher Education.  September 25, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown used a budget debate among California State University trustees on Tuesday to press his case for more online education and suggested that the system needs to catch up on building repairs before increasing enrollment, the Los Angeles Times reports. The comments came after the trustees presented a preliminary budget that seeks an additional $250-million from the state next year. “You can ask for more, but you have to understand that you’re not alone,” said Governor Brown, a Democrat. “A bunch of other people are also asking.”

The governor also questioned the 430,000-student system’s plan to admit 20,000 more students and increase faculty members, course offerings, and student services. “It sounds like buildings need to be taken care of before you bring more students in,” Mr. Brown said. The demands on the system, he said, require innovative thinking, such as greater use of online classes that could accommodate more students at lower cost.

Last fall Cal State turned away more than 22,000 eligible students as the system and other colleges and universities felt the effects of years of state budget cuts.Voters approved new taxes in a referendum last fall, easing the universities’ plight somewhat, but the institutions are still grappling with the legacy of hard times.