Friday, November 18, 2011

CSU Budget Woes

Students at CSU don't have to be told that their dollar isn't going as far as it used to when it comes to obtaining a college education.

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According to this graphic, student tuition has risen 106 percent since 1998. Full-time faculty salaries are down 10 percent while administration pay is up 20 to 23 percent.

Full-time versus Part-time

Most would assume an institution of higher learning would be made up of full-time teachers, but according to the CSU, in 2010 only 35 percent of full-time employees are faculty. In raw numbers the CSU employs 11,227 full-time faculty (teachers) and 20,459 full-time executives/administrators, secretaries, paraprofessionals, skilled crafts persons, and maintenance workers.

But the CSU also employs 11,198 part-time employees and most of them are your teachers: in fact, 9,701. Just 1,497 part-timers make up the ranks of the administration and support staff.

In other words, part-time instructors make up 23 percent of the CSU work force, while only 4 percent of administrators, clerical, other professionals, etc. are part-time workers.


According to a 2007 San Francisco Chronicle article, CSU Chancellor "Reed's annual salary of $362,500 would grow to $377,000 under his proposal. Since becoming chancellor in 1998, Reed also has been provided with a state-owned residence as well as a $30,000-a-year retirement supplement from the CSU Foundation." He got the raise and then promptly said the CSU could not afford to give any others.

Full-time lecturers averaged $59,253 in 2010. There are 1,710 employed throughout the CSU system.

Your teachers, part-time lecturers (9,120), averaged $48,706 in 2010. This figure is a full-time equivalent, so very few, if any, of your teachers earned this amount. Figures from the Office of the Chancellor.

Enough is Enough?

So what was the recent one day strike about? According to the California Faculty Association, "Twice Chancellor Reed has insisted that faculty not see a penny of the salary increases negotiated for 2008/09 and 2009/10. Two different neutral fact-finders . . . have recommended that faculty receive some of these increases. But Reed does not care. It has come as no surprise that the Chancellor is now insisting on take-backs."

Where does the money go?

According to the CSU, 84 percent of its budget is spent on salaries for 43,000 employees. Of that 30.4 percent is spent on the 20,928 campus instructors and 30.5 percent is given to the 21,956 administrators, secretaries, executives, plant, fiscal operations, etc.

Most of the budget is spent on people, but 25% of the budget is allocated to "institutional support (fundraising, general administration, fiscal operations, information technology, etc.), operation and management of plant (including energy costs), public service and applied research."

Cost savings and budget cuts

In order to save money, there were furloughs in 2009-2010 and cuts to student enrollment.

CSUEB saved money by investing in solar technology. "The university's solar electric system is estimated to generate 1.45 million kilowatt hours of electricity . . . During peak periods such as summer months the system provides 30 percent of the university's energy needs, saving about $200,000 a year in energy costs."

But when it comes to budget cuts, the CSU is keeping all its options open "including enrolling fewer students in the upcoming academic year and reducing administrative costs while placing a priority on direct instruction and faculty class offerings." But nothing is certain. "By June 1 the CSU will recommend budget options for public review and comment prior to adoption of a budget implementation plan."

This is our school. I have been furloughed and have seen class size double, but it's your education, where should money be spent? Where should funding be cut?


  1. As new students enroll in University and prices begin rise it reduces students to attend because of tuition. Having high value of tuition to attend to school is unnecessary,I think the money schools get for the government should provide more assistance on funding for the school instead of saving money they rather have students suffer with high cost prices that will be harder to pay back as years go.

  2. I understand that professors and admins want to be paid well but I feel like school focuses MORE on money and less on the education that needs to be taught. It makes many students very frustrated with the limited amount of classes per quarter. I remember in 2009-2010 when we had furloughs. It was a waste because I remember my professors trying to teach us everything in lesser days than there should be in a regular quarter with no furloughs. The money should be spend on the student's education first and then with whatever fundings the school needs. By next quarter (Summer 2012) the maximum amount of units that can be taken will decrease from 22 to 17. That makes students stay in school longer and paying maybe twice as much. I hope when I have children, they will have a much better education and let's hope the school's system will be smoother and easier to deal with.