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Report 94-14: Executive Compensation in California Public Higher Education, 1993-94: The Second in a Series of Annual Reports to the Governor and Legislature in Response to the 1992 Budget Act

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

August 1994

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This document responds to the Legislature's directive that the Commission report annually on the compensation earned by higher education executives in California's public universities. For the first time in this series of reports, this document also contains information on salaries received by community college executives. Besides detailing these statistics, this report discusses the responsibilities of college and university executives that affect their compensation and provides a context for further analyses of executive compensation.

This report reveals the following facts about executive salaries:

  1. The salaries earned by executives of individual community colleges range from $80,400 to $129,669, while those of executives of multi-campus districts range from $100,000 to $145,000, and reflect local autonomy and flexibility more than systemwide consistency.
  2. The average salary of the California State University's 20 campus presidents lags the average of their national comparison group by 11.1 percent, even after the State University increased its presents' salaries an average of 8.7 percent as of April 1, 1994.
  3. The average salary of the University of California's nine campus chancellors lag the average of two comparison groups by 12.4 percent and 14.5 percent as of January 1, 1994.
  4. Both the California State University and the University of California have recently revised their executive compensation policies and practices to make them simpler and more comprehensible. In addition to information on campus-based executives' compensation, this report contains facts about the salaries and perquisites received by executives in each of the systems' statewide offices.
The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on August 29, 1994, on recommendation of its Fiscal Policy and Analysis Committee.
Related Topics: Faculty Salaries, Executive Compensation, Faculty and Staff Issues

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