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April 27, 2010

Sac State joins Advocacy Day at Capitol

Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and university and college officials from throughout California converged on the State Capitol this morning to talk with lawmakers about re-affirming California’s commitment to higher education.

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, UC President Mark Yudof and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott led the contingent for Advocacy Day. They, along with several other state and education leaders, had a private meeting with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger followed by a joint press conference.

All expressed continued support for the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, the 50-year old document ensuring a college education for any state resident seeking one.

The officials also noted the projected lack of college-educated young people expected to enter the work force as older workers retire, and the impact that gap will have on California’s economy.

Gonzalez, along with representatives from CSU Chico State and UC Davis, began the day meeting with Assemblymember Alyson L. Huber. Presidents and officials from university and college campuses around the state fanned out through the Capitol, meeting with lawmakers from their specific areas.

Education funding cuts this fiscal year resulted in higher fees for college students, fewer classes offered, and furlough days.

Schwarzenegger acknowledged the hit higher education funding has taken over the last 20 years. He noted that he has proposed a restoration of the $305 million cut from the CSU this year and is looking for other avenues to secure future funding for the state’s higher education systems.

 

For more information, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.