CSU Board May Freeze New College Presidents' Pay

Student and faculty protests are expected at today's meeting at CSU's Long Beach headquarters after months of outcry about exec salaries and bonuses while severe budget cuts force tuition hikes.

The Cal State University Board of Trustees today may vote to halt executive salary or benefit raises by public funding but would still permit the board to pay such expenses from private foundation money or donors.

The Board, which meets at the system's Long Beach headquarters, has been criticized by faculty, students and parents for substantial pay raises and hiring bonuses to newly hired college executives while state budgets have cut CSU funding and forced several student tuitition hikes. A student protest at CSU headquarters last year turned into a melee and ended the meeting.

Last week, a dozen CSU students including Long Beach State vowed to fast for a week to demand a 5-year tuition freeze and draw board attention to the issue.

The result has, fairly or unfairly, been a public relations mess for the Cal State Board of Trustees. A Board spokesman told the Press Telegram that today's proposal was an effort to acknowledge the public outcry, and shift the pay burden into private hands while permitting the board to attract top talent.

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Milan Moravec May 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Increase tuition for Californians attending University of California, University of California Berkeley Chancellor makes Cal. farther and farther out of reach for the sons and daughters of Californians. UCB Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau is outspoken on why elite public universities, like Cal, should charge Californians more. With Birgeneau’s leadership UCB is more expensive (on an all-in-cost) than private Harvard and Yale. Chancellor Birgeneau’s ‘charge more’ tuition make Cal. the most expensive public higher education in our country! Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) likes to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar expected. The Chancellor’s ‘charge more’ instate tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic year. If Birgeneau had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Increasing funding is not Cal’s solution.


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