News Release

Fact: Whether State Funding is Up or Down, CSU Management’s Investment in Faculty Remains Stagnant

CSU management intransigence could lead to strike this spring

Sacramento, CA—Despite an improved budget situation and extensive research showing that faculty play a critical role in student success, the California State University administration has consistently failed to invest in CSU faculty.  

In fact, for at least a decade, regardless of the ups and downs in state funding and in CSU tuition charged to students, or increases in the cost of living, faculty pay has remained stagnant.

The current year is one example. State funding provided to the CSU system by the legislature and governor for 2015-16 was higher than initially proposed by the governor. The increase was due in large part to the extraordinary efforts of CSU advocates, particularly by CFA members and students. 

Even with increased funding, the CSU’s executives and Trustees have not budged from the 2% offer they made last year. CSU faculty are calling for a 5% increase that would restore some of the purchasing power they had 10 years ago. In rejecting CFA’s proposal management negotiators say they “have other priorities.”

Their unwillingness to be flexible despite increased state funding is at the core of the conflict that could lead to a strike of CSU faculty this term.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan says that CSU management at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach is out of touch with what it takes to ensure quality education on the campuses. She points out that while faculty pay has stagnated and fallen well behind inflation, salaries for a growing number of administrators and executives have increased.

“For a decade or more, a healthier CSU budget has led to perks and pay raises for administration. We need to commit more money to the university’s core mission—teaching our students,” Eagan said.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents the more than 26,000 tenured and tenure-track instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at