California State University Board of Trustees Proposed
2015-16 Support Budget
ATTACHMENT TO AS-3196-14/FGA
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees (BOT) for recommending a proposed support budget for 2015-2016 that recognizes that CSU fiscal needs are significantly greater than those in the Governor’s proposed allocation; and be it further
RESOLVED: That, given the significant decrease in tenure density (proportion of tenured/probationary faculty) in the CSU from 66% in 2009 to the 56.3% in fall 2014, the ASCSU strongly urge the BOT to seek additional funds for the hiring of tenure line faculty beyond the currently proposed $11 million; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the BOT to follow up on CSU efforts to seek an augmentation to 2014 state funding to address significant deferred maintenance needs by increasing its amount sought for this purpose beyond what is currently in the 2015-2016 budget request; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the BOT to seek additional funding to provide a compensation pool increase beyond the proposed 2 percent; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the BOT to seek additional funds for any annuity payments resulting from the use of bonds to cover any operating or capital expenditures; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Governor of the State of California, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs,
and the California Faculty Association.
The 2015-2016 state support budget, as proposed by the Governor, as part of his multi-year budget plan for the CSU, is $119 million. This is effectively a no-growth budget that calls for an enrollment of increase of no more than 1%. The CSU Board of Trustees proposal requests $216 million, a $97 million increase over that recommended by the Governor and consistent with the budget augment sought by the CSU from the legislature in 2014. As argued at the time the augmentation was needed to address the deferred infrastructural needs (both human and physical) that had resulted from the major reductions in state support in prior years and to increase expand enrollment growth to accommodate increased demand. The needs still remain and the proposed BOT, among other things, would allow for an enrollment growth of 3%.
The Board of Trustees request also includes an $11 million increase to fund additional tenure-track faculty hiring. While the ASCSU is pleased to see this request, and recognizes that the CSU has hired significant numbers of tenured faculty during the current year and proposes to do so again next year, it also notes that these numbers are still insufficient to meet CSU needs; this is due to the lack of faculty hiring in recent poor budget years and large number of faculty separations, current and anticipated, as present faculty retire or go elsewhere; for example, while 750 tenure line faculty were hired system-wide for 2014, due to separations this only represented a net increase of 124 over the number for the previous year 1. Recent data show the loss of probationary and tenured faculty to be particularly acute, with tenure density (the ratio of probationary and tenured faculty Full Time Equivalent - FTE - to total faculty FTE) to have decreased from 66% to 56.3% over the past five years alone.2 To address the challenge this presents, the ASCSU urges the Board of Trustees to further increase its funding request for tenured faculty hiring. Doing so is essential if the CSU (1) is going to decrease bottlenecks in student progress to their degree, increase the student support (such as advising) necessary to improve graduation rates, and expand access to the CSU, and (2) make progress toward achieving the goals identified in Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 73.
It is also important that the CSU seek a state support budget sufficient to permit a compensation increase beyond the currently requested 2%. At 2% increase, even when combined current year compensation increases is insufficient to keep pace with the cumulative effects of inflation in recent years.
Finally, it is important that, with CSU debt service on capital projects now coming from the CSU annual support budget, that the Board of Trustees seek the additional state funding necessary to cover the annuity payments associated with such debts. If not, the CSU runs the risks that it may be forced to divert funds from its general operating budget (including instruction and student support) to this end.
Approved Without Dissent - November 7, 2014
1CSU Faculty Profile: Proportion of Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty and Demographic Trends, 2001-2009 by the 2011-2012 Faculty Affairs Committee of the Academic Senate of the California State University. http://www.calstate.edu/acadsen/Records/Resolutions/2011-2012/documents/3067Attachment1.pdf
2Report for ITL, Academic Human Resources, CSU Office of the Chancellor, November 3, 2014.