CSU System has Trouble Justifying some of their Hiring and Budgeting Actions
A new state audit that was recently released is claiming that the California State University system has unjustifiably hired more management personnel than is needed over the years and has been paying them raises more than needed. The Sacramento Bee reports:
There were nearly 4,000 managers in the CSU system during the 2015-16 academic year, comprising about 7.5 percent of all employees. But that total is almost 15 percent more than 2007-08, while the number of faculty and support staff grew by 7 and 6 percent, respectively, during that time. Total compensation for managers also grew by almost a quarter over those nine years, nearly double the rate of increase for other employees.
California State Auditor Elaine Howle has been vocal about the CSU system for not being able to justify what she believes is inefficient spending. CSU Chancellor Timothy White responded by stating that management personnel includes a variety of employees and that some staff groups had a higher growth rate than managers. The audit showed that there is an issue with how CSU campuses are monitoring their budgets. Hopefully the CSU system can remedy these issues soon and have a more efficient budget.
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