TO CFA CHAPTER PRESIDENTS AND MEDIA COORDINATORS:

FYI -- The news release below is being distributed
statewide today, April 15, 2002.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 15, 2002
			
Contact:
Alice Sunshine
(510) 384-1967

CSU CHANCELLOR PRESSED
TO 'HONOR INTENT' OF GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

SACRAMENTO -- The officers of the California Faculty Association
issued a statement today calling on the chancellor of the
California State University system to "honor the intent" of
Governor Gray Davis' revised state budget by avoiding budget cuts
that would negatively affect classroom instruction.

"Despite severe problems with the state budget," the CFA officers
said in a public statement, "Governor Gray Davis specifically
stated that he intends for the cuts to 'have no direct impact on
core classroom needs.'"

Explaining that there are many ways to implement budget cuts, CFA
President Susan Meisenhelder noted today that "The wrong way to
implement the cuts would be to parcel out a share of the cuts to
each of the 23 campuses and say 'Chop away.'  That is how the $25
million cut was implemented last summer.  On some campuses,
instruction took the hit. This time we hope the Chancellor will
follow the governor's lead by specifying cuts that protect
instruction."

The full text of the statement from the California Faculty
Association is attached.  For more information, contact Alice
Sunshine, Communications Specialist, at 510-384-1967.

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STATEMENT
CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
MAY 15, 2002

Considering the magnitude of a projected $23.6 billion state
budget shortfall, the California Faculty Association appreciates
the persistent support of instruction in the California State
University that is reflected in Governor Gray Davis' revised
budget.

Despite severe problems with the state budget Governor Gray Davis
specifically stated that he intends for the cuts to "have no
direct impact on core classroom needs."

We applaud the governor's commitment to the instruction of
students in the only university system that guarantees
Californians access to a bachelor's degree.  We call on the CSU
Administration to honor the intent of the budget revision by
specifying for the 23 CSU campuses cuts only in areas that do not
affect the availability of classes or student services.

At the same time, we recognize that cuts in the CSU will have
negative impacts.  We are particularly concerned about potential
cuts in library services, which provide students vital
instructional support.

This budget climate underscores the urgent need to apply greater
budget accountability measures to the CSU Administration. CFA
continues to call for increased legislative oversight of CSU
administrative spending as well as an audit of administrative
costs, which have steadily grown in relation to spending on
instruction.

Furthermore, the budget cuts make imperative the reallocation of
existing resources within the CSU from administration to
instruction. We hope that the CSU Administration learned from the
CSU's experience with budget cuts during the early 1990s when
some 5000 faculty left the system and 10,000 course offerings
were eliminated.  Such losses have a long-lasting impact on the
quality of education, and place hardships on students who are
unable to get the classes needed to complete their degree
programs within four years.

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