CSU management opposed $11 million for tenure-track hiring

It was a very bright moment for faculty when the state legislature decided to include in the state budget $11 million dedicated to tenure-track hiring in the CSU. CFA had lobbied hard to win that money, a small sum compared to the need but a notable act nonetheless.

All was not so bright, though, during the effort to win the funds, when a CSU budget representative shared a message with key legislators’ staffs pooh-poohing the funding and saying the CSU Chancellor’s Office opposes committing these funds to permanent hires.

As always, the case for the CSU administration’s opposition was made in the name of “flexibility” for a management that is marching California’s public university toward a temporary, low-paid, just-in-time teaching force.

The exact message, from Ryan Storm, CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget, read:

“The CSU Chancellor’s Office opposes the California Faculty Association’s request for an $11m line item in the budget for additional tenure track faculty hires (see attached).  The CSU Chancellor’s Office recognizes the need for and value of hiring tenure track faculty as it is one of the intended uses of the additional Student Success and Completion Initiative funding sought by the Board of Trustees from the state.  However, our opposition is rooted strongly in the philosophical argument of it all—earmarks, in general and like this, are far too limiting and provide limited to no flexibility to the institution.  It under minds the decision making authority of the Board of Trustees, the chancellor, and campuses.” (sic)