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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 PM

CSU Execs Get Raises, Students Get Fee Hikes & Admissions Freeze

The California State University (CSU) trustees approved a 10% raise for two campus presidents this week, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Their decision to reward these executives came immediately after hearing a grim financial forecast that prompted them to impose far-reaching cuts, including an admissions freeze that will deny admission to 16,000 students and a hiring freeze that will keep classes large and reduce course offerings and student support services.

The CSU system faces a $750 million cut in state funding for the next academic year, with an additional $200 million in cuts if voters fail to approve a tax increase in November. If this happens, the trustees plan to reduce enrollment by an additional 20,000 students and lay off 3,000 employees. Despite the university’s huge budget deficit, trustees offered the two presidents base salaries exceeding $300,000, as well as $12,000 car allowances and $60,000 housing allowances for each.

As usual, the CSU administrators are saying the raises are necessary to attract and retain top executive talent. Yet, what good is this “top talent,” when it has overseen record tuition hikes and program cuts over the past decade? (Tuition has increased six years in a row, including a 9% hike this school year).

The “top talent” argument is also specious. If the schools offered lower salaries, they would still attract qualified candidates and their academic programs certainly wouldn’t suffer as much as they do from budget cuts and tuition hikes. In fact, their predecessors did the job for less and one the executives, Leroy Morishita, did do the same job for less (nearly $30,000 less), as interim president, the L.A. Times reported this week.

If the goal is to provide a quality education, then the solution is to keep executive pay low and do everything to keep tuition low, as well.

Modern School
http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2012/03/csu-execs-get-raises-students-get-fee.html

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Response to Modern School (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:18 PM

1. Naturally. There's always money for that.

Our local community college system did the same thing last year after swearing they were totally broke. Teachers were slashed, classes were pruned--literally: one campus lost its horticulture program. But gotta reward the "talent".

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 12:11 AM

2. Any exec who takes a pay increase during fee hikes and firings should be hanged.

It is poisonously, obscenely immoral and no decent society should tolerate it.

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Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:25 PM

3. "Do something your like

and forget about the pay for Christ's sake" Chuck Yeager.

If you have to pay top dollar for "top talent" that can't fly the plane, there are lots of talented people who can fly it and will fly it for less because they like to fly more than they like the pay.

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