Our very own Jerry Schutte (Sociology; Statewide Academic Senator) has been doing yeoman’s work on the statewide senate’s tenure density task force.
I recently saw a letter from him to a senior legislative staffer which I thought set out the problems with admirable clarity and suggests a more CSU friendly way of thinking about the costs.
I asked his permission to share it; he did one better and rewrote it to make the issues even more accessible. I am therefore pleased to share this with you:
Correspondence re AB 1464
You’ve probably heard about a recent audit which found that hiring of administrators outpaces faculty hiring. From the LA Times’ report
The audit, titled “California State University: Stronger Oversight is Needed for Hiring and Compensating Management Personnel and for Monitoring Campus Budgets,” specifically found that between fiscal years 2007-08 and 2015-16, the number of full-time equivalent “management personnel” — which includes administrators, supervisors and other professional staff — grew by 15%. Over the same period, the number of faculty rose by 7%, while non-faculty support staff rose 6%.
The audit found that the six campuses it reviewed could not justify the growth in new management personnel. One campus, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, increased pay for at least 70 management personnel in 2016 who either had outdated performance evaluations or no evaluations on file.
President Harrison had Human Resources compile the growth rates for CSUN. From her email to me:
CSU audit system-wide finding related to MPP growth from FY 2007/08 to FY 2015/16:
- MPP = 15%
- Faculty = 7%
- Staff = 6%
CSUN data for the same time period:
- MPP = 5.2%
- Faculty = 18%
- Tenure/Tenure-Track = 53.3%
- Lecturers = -7.6%
- Staff = 4.7%
- Represented Staff = 5.1%
- Non-Represented Staff = -7.8%
[Updated 21 May 2017]
Here’s the original letter from the auditor: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/2016-122/index.html
Here’s Chancellor White’s response: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/2016-122/response.html