Allocation will Allow Campuses to Temporarily Add Courses, Sections
The California State University will receive $25 million in one-time funds that will be used to offer courses and sections for the winter and spring terms to help students progress to their degrees. Campuses will also augment student services and advising.
The news offers a bit of temporary relief for the CSU’s 23 campuses that have struggled to provide enough courses and sections to serve students in the face of the CSU’s $564 million budget cut. The addition of up to approximately 4,000 course sections across the system also means the CSU will be able to retain as many as 800 lecturers for the winter and spring 2010 terms.
The university funds are available thanks to an additional $77.5
million one-time federal allocation that will help the CSU meet its
payroll. In turn, the CSU will be able to use state funds and student
fee revenues, previously set aside for payroll, to add the course
sections. The CSU will reserve the remaining $52.5 million to prudently
manage its budget as the state’s economy continues to decline. The
criteria for how the remaining funds are used will be to serve as many
students with quality and to preserve as many jobs as possible, the
same guiding principles the CSU has used throughout the budget process.
CSU to Direct PPO Reserves to Pay for Operational, Benefits Costs
The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) has
excess reserves in its self-funded PPO health plans that it will use to
offset the September and October 2009 employer and employee premium
Since the CSU pays the premium for almost all of its PPO plans, it
will realize approximately $14 million from these reserves. The CSU
will use the $14 million to offset $40 million in unfunded mandatory
costs it is obligated to pay. Mandatory costs include increases in
employer-paid health and dental benefits for employees as well as
energy costs associated with new space.