Preview of Coming Attractions - Disaster at California's Public Universities
San Francisco -- California lawmakers are still deadlocked over a plan to close the state's $25-billion budget gap. But the state's universities released plans this week to slash faculty and staff salaries, sharply cut enrollment, and raise tuition in the expectation of the largest cut in state support in several decades.
Faculty and staff members at the University of California will be placed on furlough starting in September for seven to 26 days per year, according to a plan released today by the system's president, Mark G. Yudof. The plan, which is expected to be approved by the university's Board of Regents next week, will amount to a salary cut of 4 to 10 percent, with the highest-earning employees facing the largest cuts.
The temporary furlough will push the university's faculty compensation to about 20 percent behind comparative institutions, university officials said at a news conference. "We're going to really have to work hard to come up with creative means to retain the excellent faculty that we have now and to further recruit people," said Mary Croughan, chair of the university's Academic Senate.