2018-19 State of California Budget

June 28, 2018

California’s 2018-19 Budget, signed yesterday by Governor Brown, includes $197.1 million in ongoing funding for the California State University (CSU) and an additional $161.6 million in one-time funding. This represents a significant increase from the $92.1 million included in the Governor’s Budget Proposal and the Governor’s May Budget Revision – a reflection of the successful advocacy efforts of many of you and our peers across the CSU and a shared priority with the Governor and the legislature of the value of the CSU.

Ongoing Funding: $197.1 million

  • $92.1 million base augment
  • $30 million to support operational costs
  • $75 million for Graduation Initiative 2025

One-Time Funding: $161.6 million

  • $120 million over a four-year period for enrollment growth
  • $35 million for deferred maintenance
  • $3.8 million for shark research activities at CSU Long Beach
  • $1.5 million to support campus-based efforts to address student hunger
  • $1 million for the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills
  • $300k for other earmarked initiatives

While we do not yet know what HSU’s specific allocations will be, current campus reduction planning efforts will continue forward, given (1) declining student enrollment, (2) the ongoing structural deficit, and (3) the importance of strategically reducing HSU’s spending to be better aligned with our system and CSU peer universities. However, we do anticipate the additional Graduation Initiative 2025 funding will allow us to plan for strategic investments in tenure-line faculty for fall 2019, advance efforts to enhance student learning and success as outlined in HSU’s strategic enrollment management plan which is nearing completion, and continue to promote change for equity across the campus for our students, faculty, and staff.

"We appreciate the Legislature’s commitment to higher education and the CSU,” says Provost Alex Enyedi. “With additional funding for the Graduation Initiative 2025, Humboldt State University can continue its efforts to support students via this ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all students while eliminating opportunity gaps. With this funding, the Legislature is helping ensure that all HSU students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, and will help produce the graduates needed to benefit the North Coast, California, and the nation."

Information regarding specific allocations to each campus will be available by late July, and we will not know until then about HSU’s funding for 2018-19 and the constraints on how the funds can be spent. We will keep the campus informed as additional information becomes available.

Thank you again for the University community’s continuing advocacy on behalf of the CSU, HSU, and our students.

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