Facing Facts: Faculty salary increases do not equal student tuition hikes

It’s a logical question with a simple answer. Would increasing faculty pay result in higher student tuition and fees?

Answer: No.

If you look at the CSU’s own data, it shows that over the past 10 years, rising student tuition and fees do not correlate with increases in faculty pay.

From 2005 to 2015, faculty salaries have remained flat, yet tuition and fees have been steadily increasing. Tuition and fees for CSU students have increased by a whopping 283% since 2000, despite CFA and students fighting against them.

The CSU has enough money to pay faculty a 5% raise without increasing student fees—it’s a matter of priorities. This year, the CSU received its full budget request from the state for the first time since the recession. Yet CSU management continues to tell faculty we must “live within our means,” and is even considering a plan to increase tuition, tied to inflation, in future years.

Living “within our means” is easy for White, who earns $430,746 per year (that’s $35,895 per month!) plus gets free housing provided by the CSU (read: taxpayers), a $1,000 per month car allowance and other “perks.” Those include paid business travel expenses, a generous pension, lifetime health pension benefits, and thousands in extra retirement pay (deferred compensation).

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