(March 14, 2007) -- Students at Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and other CSU campuses will be hit with a 10% increase in State University fees -- an increase of $252 to $2,722 per year -- on top of roughly $679 in average campus based fees that bring the undergraduate CSU annual fee to about $3,451.
A CSU press release says its fees are "among the lowest fees among its comparison institutions across the country" and cites the Trustees' 2005 "five year plan" to make employee salaries "more competitive with comarable institutions" by increasing salaries incrementally with student fee increases to be "gradual, moderate and predictable."
Student fees are about 25% of CSU overall budgets "and are critical to support faculty and staff compensation, increased health and energy costs, students services and financial aid to the neediest students," the release says.
Responding to an inquiry from LBReport.com, CSU's press office says one Trustee (Guzman) voted "no" while other Trustees didn't take a roll call vote (and the press office said it couldn't say exactly who voted "yes").
However, it did say that ex-officio Trustees Gov. Schwarzenegger, Lt. Gov. Garamedni, Ass'y Speaker Fabian Nunez and School Sup't Jack O'Connell weren't present for the vote.