Thursday, May 20, 2010

CSU Faculty loses 10% in one year

Some 2500 fewer faculty members were employed across all CSU campuses combined in 2010 vs 2009; Students are Paying More for Education, Receiving Less

Sacramento, CA – The California Faculty Association (CFA) released figures today that show budget cuts to the California State University are killing thousands of jobs. 

There were 10% fewer faculty employed across all 23 campuses in May 2010 than were employed in May 2009.  

Some campuses have been hit harder than others. Loss of faculty members was especially high at CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU East Bay, and CSU Stanislaus. All but two campuses (CSU Monterey Bay and the California Maritime Academy) cut the number of faculty jobs, in some places by 15 percent or more. 


“This is a horrific one year drop in the number of faculty teaching our students,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles. 

She said, “These budget cuts are job killers for university faculty and staff and they are opportunity killers for our students.

“Our faculty made a huge sacrifice last year by accepting furloughs that cut everyone’s pay because furloughs were supposed to save jobs for the faculty and were supposed to save classes for students,” she said.

Implementation of most budget cuts is done at the campus level, making for disparity of outcomes as shown in the campus-by-campus figures. 

“Some campus administrations took a meat cleaver to teachers, class offerings and student support services, striking right at the heart of our mission to be a teaching university,” said Taiz.

“But we believe strongly the sacrifice has not been shared by administration, executives, and non-teaching special projects. The CSU keeps its budget details under wraps—there is no line-item budget available to the public—but these numbers show us that teachers and classes for students are not the highest priority.”

Over the last two years, state funding for the CSU has been cut by $1.4 billion. Along with the loss of faculty members, the CSU is offering 5,300 fewer courses than it did two years ago.

Meantime, student fees are up 45 percent in those two years.  “Again, students are paying more and getting less,” said Taiz.

In tandem with the loss of faculty jobs, the CSU Chancellor’s Office says it is working to cut enrollment by 40,000 students. A system-wide enrollment report has not been provided this spring, so the actual reduction in the number of students is not available. However, enrollment does not appear to have declined in proportion to loss of faculty jobs. Hence, class sizes are growing rapidly and there are fewer classes available for students trying to graduate.

It is important to note in this context that college participation in California has slipped to 46th in the country. 

CFA’s report was calculated in two ways: (1) by head count -- the actual number of teachers including those with full and part-time positions; and (2) full time equivalency -- the number of full-time positions (which aggregates part-time positions into full-time equivalents).  

System-wide over the last year, the CSU lost 2,500 faculty members, which is 10 percent of its teachers based on headcount or 7 percent based on full-time equivalency.  

For a breakdown of faculty cuts on each campus, and other related charts and data, please visithttp://www.calfac.org/research.html#demos 

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