Faculty to testify during Legislative hearing on CSU audit

CFA leaders will be among those providing perspective and information to lawmakers during a legislative hearing on Aug. 23 regarding the latest audit of the California State University system and faculty are encouraged to attend.

The scathing audit, released in April, castigated the CSU for hiring managers at a faster rate than other employees, failing to cap reimbursement of relocation costs for executives, and lacking oversight for campus budgets.

Among the highlights of the audit: between 2007-08 and 2015-16, full-time equivalent management personnel grew by 15 percent, while the number of faculty and support staff rose by only 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

“It’s unconscionable that CSU management grew its own ranks by significant numbers instead of investing that funding in our students and classrooms,” said Lillian Taiz, chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Committee. “We’re encouraged that State Auditor Elaine Howle and her team spotlighted these inequities, and we’re looking forward to offering ideas regarding possible solutions to legislators.”

Administrative bloat has plagued the CSU for years. This despite faculty salaries having remained stagnant and tenure density declining for much of the same time period.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 am in Room 437 at the State Capitol. The hearing will include public comment and faculty will have a chance to voice their concerns during public comment. Please email cfa@calfac.org if you are able to attend.