ERIC Number: ED261594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Faculty Classifications and Salary Schedules on Faculty Hiring and Promotion at the California State University. A Report to the Legislature in Response to Supplemental Language in the 1985-85 Budget Act. Communication Report 85-24.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
The faculty structure and salary schedule of California State University were assessed. After tracing the history of the trustees' efforts to revise the faculty structure since 1961, the report compares the university's current salary schedule to those of comparison institutions. The way the comparison colleges allocated increased 1984-1985 salary funds is also described. Problems with the university's salary structure and ways that it differs from comparison institutions are: (1) it lacks salary overlap among its three ranks; (2) it has short salary ranges for each of these ranks; (3) it has only five salary steps within each of these ranges; (4) it is unable to recognize market differences among most disciplines; and (5) it offers only limited recognition of meritorious service. The following deleterious effects of the university's salary structure on faculty hiring and promotion are identified: excessive hiring of faculty at advanced ranks; virtually automatic salary increases; compaction of the faculty at the highest professorial step; and noncompetitive salaries in high-demand disciplines and high costs in other fields. Finally, changes that could improve the salary structure and salary administration of the university are identified. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Change Strategies, College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Employment Practices, Faculty Promotion, Higher Education, Personnel Policy, State Universities, Teacher Employment, Teacher Salaries
California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1020 Twelfth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.