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Report 96-5: Faculty Salaries at California's Public Universities, 1996-97: A Report to the Governor and Legislature in Response to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 51 (1965)

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 1996

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Annually, in accordance with Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 51 of the 1965 General Legislative Session, the Commission submits to the Governor and the Legislature an analysis of faculty salaries at the California State University and the University of California.

The Commission's report for the 1996-97 fiscal year contains an analysis of current year information on faculty salaries at the State University and the University and their respective groups of comparison institutions, and shows how this information is used to calculate the parity percentages or salary lags included in this report. The parity percentage is a projection of the salary increase that each system would have to award in the coming year in order for its average faculty salary to keep pace with the average faculty salary at its comparison institutions.

This year, the estimated faculty salary parity figures for the State University and University are 9.6 and 10.3 percent, respectively. The State University's parity figure is down from 12.7 percent a year ago, while the University's parity figure is virtually unchanged from last year's 10.4 percent. The gaps between average faculty salaries at the State University and University and those at their respective comparison institutions remain substantial relative to those calculated by the Commission in recent years.

This report also includes a description of several changes to the methodology for calculating the parity figures that were initiated with this year's report. These changes, adopted by the Commission, were made pursuant to Supplemental Report Language to the Budget Act of 1995. Representatives of the systems, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst's Office and other interested parties advised Commission staff on the development of these changes.

The Commission adopted this report on June 3, 1996.

Related Topics: Faculty Salaries, Executive Compensation, Faculty and Staff Issues

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