May 18, 2011
As we close the academic year and put the finishing touches on the preparations for our commencement activities, I want to again thank you for the extraordinary work you have done this year to serve our students and to keep this university on an impressive trajectory despite facing economic uncertainty. The accomplishments I mentioned in my April 11 Spring Update are just a few of the many from this past year. Our students have excelled and even outperformed the competition in academic achievement, student research, community service and athletics, all of which are wonderful reminders of our mission and our transformative impact on this region. (read more)
I invite the campus community to view my video message at: President Video.
April 11, 2011
With just a few short weeks remaining in the academic year, I thought I would update you on some of the many activities that have been underway this academic year and particularly this semester.
Although there continues to be uncertainty with the state budget, there have been no new budget developments that have changed our planning assumptions since my last budget forum on January 27 (full remarks of forum). The legislature approved the $12 billion budget reductions of the Governor's proposal, which included the $500 million reduction to the CSU. There has not been any compromise on extending certain taxes expiring in June, which made up the remainder of the Governor's proposal to close the state budget gap. The Governor is now exploring options for a September ballot initiative. As I have said in my budget forums, while the budget reduction has significantly impacted our ability to grow and serve students, we have made prudent decisions, our UBC has been thoughtful in their deliberations and recommendations, and we have implemented plans that have allowed us to manage the crisis. I remain committed to, and our budget plan still includes, all of the activities and searches that are underway. (read more)
February 3, 2011
President Haynes' remarks for the Report to the Community are available at speeches.
January 27, 2011
The text of President Haynes' remarks are available at Budget Forum.
January 12, 2011
President's Budget Forum Scheduled for Jan. 27, University Hour, ARTS 240
On Monday, Governor Brown released his 2011-12 budget proposal aimed at closing the estimated $28 billion spending gap in the California Budget. The governor has proposed significant cuts in state support for the California State University. The 18 percent reduction or $500 million puts state funding support for the CSU at the same level as the 1999-2000 fiscal year. However, CSU is serving nearly 70,000 more students. Overall, the governor's budget reduces state support for all California's public higher education institutions by $1.4 billion. The governor has not indicated there will be any mid-year cuts.
These reductions likely will have a severe impact on our ability to serve our region and our students, restricting access to qualified applicants and challenging our ability to achieve our long-term goals for growth. (read more)