GRO SPECIAL RELEASE
GROWING CSU FACULTY SALARY GAP REPORTED BY CPEC
FEBRUARY 04, 2002


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 4, 2002

Contact: Alice Sunshine (510) 384-1967


GROWING CSU FACULTY SALARY GAP REPORTED BY CPEC

California State University faculty are earning less than their colleagues
at comparable universities and the difference is increasing, according to
figures to be released Tuesday by California's chief agency on policy and
planning for higher education.

In its annual compensation report, Faculty Salaries in California Public
Universities, the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC)
projects a CSU faculty salary gap of 10.6 percent. CSU faculty salaries
would have to increase by 10.6 percent in 2002-03 to achieve parity with
colleges and universities similar to the CSU. CPEC projected a salary gap
of 7.9% for 2001-02.

According to the CPEC report, the average full-time CSU faculty member will
earn $68,470 in 2001-02. CPEC projects that the 20 comparison institutions
will pay an average salary of $75,743 in 2002-03. The report does not
include the lower salaries of temporary, part-time faculty who are about
half of those who teach at the 22 CSU campuses.

California Faculty Association President Susan Meisenhelder said, "This
confirms our alarm about the negative trends in the CSU. The faculty are
the CSU's most valuable resource. But the CSU administration has turned a
blind eye toward the growing salary gap, choosing instead to spend millions
on increasing the size of the CSU bureaucracy."

George Diehr, CSU San Marcos professor of business administration,
explained, "The increasing salary gap, combined with California's high cost
of living, will hamper the CSU's ability to recruit and retain the best
possible faculty. As a result, the CSU's quality of education will suffer."

The report is timely in light of contract talks between CFA and the CSU
administration which have stalled over issues including salary as well as
job security and health care for long-time "temporary" faculty. CFA is
preparing for a strike vote this spring if a settlement cannot be reached.

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REMINDER: Members of the news media are invited to a news briefing and
buffet lunch with CFA officers immediately prior to a faculty protest
against CSU Chancellor Charles Reed on Saturday, February 9, in San
Francisco. For details, please contact Alice Sunshine, 510-384-1967.

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