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California Governor Seeks More Money for Higher Education

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."

The Community College League of California said, "The league commends Governor Newsom for his bold proposal to invest in California Community Colleges by paying down deferrals, investing in workforce education, providing an increased cost of living adjustment, funding deferred maintenance, and housing for students."

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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