At the January 26, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the BOT discussed a”sustainability report” that proposes annual tuition increases and the increased privatization of the CSU. SQE members spoke out against the BOT’s attacks on public higher education, and called on faculty and fellow students to take action and fight for the right to free higher education. The full text of our statement is below.
In the fight for the future of the CSU, student voices must be heard!
The CSU administration’s proposed “sustainability model” will not sustain a public, accessible, affordable CSU. It proposes increasing tuition/fees every year based on inflation, cutting financial aid, and increasing reliance on private corporations. When the CSU budget was cut during the recession, the burden was placed on the back of students, with tuition skyrocketing almost 300% in the last 15 years (far beyond the cost of inflation). We cannot afford any more fees. It is a matter of priorities, and we demand that the CSU prioritize students by (1) committing to no more fee increases and (2) continuing to advocate for a fully-funded, public CSU. Join us in letting the Board of Trustees know that we will only accept a sustainability model that sustains the ability for ALL students to attend and succeed in the CSU for years to come.
Students for Quality Education. S.Q.E. took to the streets to demand action at the Board of Trustees in Long Beach on Nov 17th. During the Fall semester of 2015, each campus throughout the state had a solidarity actions that same day and we will DEMAND that our tuition stay frozen and ask for fair wages for our faculty, namely a raise of 5%.
As the CSU Faculty get ready for re-openers, the publication of the latest “White Papers” brings to light the consequences students face when faculty are underpaid. CSU Students from all over California showed support of their faculty at the May BOT meeting where the BOT was presented with the CFA petition signed by 35,000 supporters.
Sixteen different campuses had actions relating to education as a human right! Here are a few photos from a variety of campuses across the CSU system (Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco) that had actions, teach ins, and other events: