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onlineclass.JPGThe California State University system hopes to add 6,000 students, provide raises to faculty and staff and address rate increases for employee health care benefits using an additional $125.1 million in funding allocated in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.

CSU officials previewed their proposed spending plan for 2013-2014 in a media teleconference Monday in advance of presenting their plan to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

Fee hikes that have become routine in recent years to address budget cuts to the 23-campus system are not included in the proposal, said Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget.

"I think everyone understands what our students have been through the last few years," Turnage said. "It's very clear that we need a break."

Turnage said the addition of $125.1 million from the Proposition 30 tax increase is divided into three main categories dealing mandatory cost increases, a compensation pool and student success.

Among the proposals:

• $48.2 million for rate increases for employee health care benefits and other mandatory cost increases, such as increased energy costs and new facility operations.

• $38 million to provide raises to faculty and staff. Turnage said it is important to address compensation since nearly every employee took a 10 percent pay cut in furloughs. Turnage said executive level staff won't be included in the raises.

• $21.7 million for enrollment growth to admit 6,000 more students and hire additional instructors and student services staff.

• $10 million to address bottlenecking in required courses by adding technology such as online courses.

• $7.2 million in incentive funding for campuses that develop innovative programs, such as reducing the achievement gap or improving graduation rates.

Image credit: Elisa Allechant, a Junior at Sacramento State University, studies in a computer lab at school for an online media aesthetics class February 7, 2013. Autumn Payne / The Sacramento Bee.



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