Tenure-Track Hiring in the Context of Reduced Budgets
AS-2624-03/FA - September 4-5, 2003
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University
(CSU) call upon the administration of the CSU to support, and individual campuses
to undertake, a sufficient number of tenure-track faculty searches in 2003-04 and
2004-05 so that the number of fulltime-equivalent, tenure-track faculty will be no
lower in September 2005 than it was in September 2003, systemwide.
RATIONALE: During the last state budget crisis in the early 1990s the
CSU lost large numbers of tenure-track faculty who were not replaced. Initially this
loss did not negatively impact the proportion of faculty who were on the tenure-track
because many lecturers were not rehired or taught reduced loads as enrollments fell.
But once the budget crisis passed, the proportion of tenure-track faculty plummeted
dramatically and the CSU has yet to recover from this loss of permanent faculty.
Further, the loss and non-replacement of tenure-track faculty in a number of cases
did serious damage to the quality and viability of academic programs and the curriculum.
It is critical that this does not happen again as a consequence of the current budget
crisis. The Academic Senate CSU, the CSU administration, and the California Faculty
Association are all committed to increasing the proportion of teaching in the university
performed by tenure-track/tenured-faculty. To meet this commitment the three parties
have agreed to an eight-year plan that achieves the goals of ACR 73, which called upon
the CSU to increase the proportion of fulltime-equivalent faculty who are on the tenure-track
to 75%. It is both possible and desirable for the CSU and the individual campuses to, at
a minimum, replace all departing tenure-track faculty with new tenure-track faculty so as
to assure that the number of fulltime, equivalent, tenure-track faculty does not again
APPROVED - September 4-5, 2003