President's Office

A Message from President Harrison Regarding CSU Budget News

January 14, 2013

To the campus community:

After several years sharing news of budget reductions from the state of California to the CSU, I am happy to share more positive news in anticipation of the 2013-14 state and CSU budgets.

As announced recently, Governor Brown's 2013-14 budget proposal seeks $125.1 million in new state funding for the CSU, and also reinstates the $125 million that was cut from last year's budget and was due to be reimbursed with voters' approval of Proposition 30. As in the past, CSUN's share is anticipated to be between seven and eight percent.

This proposed budget signals reinvestment in public higher education and reverses a trend of decreased state support that resulted in the CSU losing more than 30 percent of its budget appropriation from the state.

As CSU Chancellor Timothy White has said, "The proposed budget heads us in the right direction and will allow the CSU to address the unprecedented demand for high quality education at our institutions, as well as areas of critical need. We still face many fiscal challenges and will continue efforts to operate efficiently and effectively, and seek out additional innovative ways to control costs."

As part of the additional proposed $125.1 million, $10 million has been directed for online strategies to enable more students to complete "bottleneck" courses - lower division general education requirements, pre-requisites for majors, and high demand courses.

Chancellor White has stated that, with finances more stable in the near term now that Proposition 30 has passed, the CSU is cautiously optimistic that our budget will begin to turn around. The governor's budget proposal is available at

We will share more information about the 2013-14 state and CSU budget as it becomes available, especially the anticipated impact to our campus. You may also check the Campus Budget News and FAQs website for additional updates.


Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D. 
President, California State University, Northridge