50 years ago, California made a monumental promise: there would be a place in college for all who wanted it. Today, there is a new reality. As state funding for higher education continues to spiral downward, universities are forced to put the squeeze on students.
CSUB is no exception.
This is detrimental to our community’s economic growth. Why? It’s simple. The more young people who are given the opportunity go to college, the more educated our community becomes. This in turn supports our local workforce, spurs our economy and improves the quality of life for families.
As another state budget deadline has come and gone, we are again forced to wait and see.
But, there is good news within reach as Gov. Schwarzenegger has vowed to restore $305 million to the CSU, in addition to another $60 million for enrollment growth. But, the legislature’s approval of this promise is far from certain.
If these funds do come to fruition, CSUB would be able to serve more than 400 additional students next year. Our community needs to develop these minds.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” It’s time for California to start investing wisely so we can reap the benefits of a healthy economy and to ensure a more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.
Help spread the word. Everyone wins.
— Rob Meszaros, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, CSUB