CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed was positive about the current state of the CSU system in a teleconference Wednesday. Reed discussed the current system-wide ban on alcohol, the CSU’s future plans to promote diversity and said he anticipated that the governor’s proposed buy-out of the fee increase would be supported by the assembly.
Reed started by commending the governor’s decision to re-compensate the 8 percent fee increase proposed next year, calling the buy-out a “Christmas present to all students.” He said if passed, the $54 million allocated in the budget would save each CSU student $204 next year.
“All in all I am very optimistic about the budget. I anticipate both the assembly and the Senate budget will be very similar to the governor’s recommendations,” Reed said.
The CSU system is also looking to increase enrollment and hopes the absence of a fee increase will further promote their plan.
“I feel the influence of the budget on the CSU students will be reflected in our guarantee to admit another 10,000 students, both freshman and transfers next year,” Reed said. “The budget provides economic relief for struggling students and the $204 saved next year will not only attract more students, but keep more as well too.”
Expanding on the budget allotment, Reed said that more money would be put toward math and science education and that come March, further funding will be allocated for nursing programs and CSU master’s programs.
In search of a more diversified CSU system, Reed pledged his effort to help underserved students by signing a contract and creating a partnership with PQ, a parenting institute for quality education.
Though focusing on the Latino community, the program isn’t exclusive, Reed said.
“By working with the institution and adopting 125 to 130 elementary schools in California, we want to identify with parents that will participate in a nine-week education training program that will focus on how parents can manage their children to be successful and how to go to college,” Reed said.
The program was developed to educate parents on proper studying habits at home and to inform them about the correct courses students should take in preparation for college, such as algebra, science and foreign languages.
“I’m excited about that (the PQ program). I think it’s something that we need to do to help students from underserved communities and we’re going to do it as a pilot, and if it’s successful I am sure we can expand the efforts,” Reed said.
The recent campus-wide alcohol band was briefly brought to light as Reed stressed his concern for student safety as the driving force behind the ban of alcohol at all CSU sporting events.
In addition to the alcohol ban at sporting events, Reed explained that as the contracts for alcohol-related advertisements lapse, they will be replaced with other un-alcoholic beverage types such as water, Pepsi or Coke.
When asked if the ban on alcohol would have adverse effects on commuter campuses by promoting drinking and driving because of the lack of alcohol on campus, the chancellor reiterated his concern for student safety and said he felt there were other viable options available to students who need a ride.
After fielding questions from CSU reporters from many campuses, Reed once again emphasized his contentment with the current state and future plans of the CSU system.
“I feel really good about the direction the CSU system is going, the momentum we have and the support we have from the legislation, the governor and the national support in Washington,” Reed said. “So good things are going on in the CSU system.