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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

California colleges raise tuition on students to pay higher salaries for staff

Literally moments after the system's Board of Trustees announced that it was going to increase next fall's tuition by 12 percent, an additional $294 a semester, the board turned around and approved a salary of $400,000 for the new president of San Diego State, Elliot Hirshman -- $350,000 in state funds and $50,000 from the campus's foundation -- a bump of more than $100,000 from what his predecessor made last year.

"There's never a good time to raise presidents' pay," said Michael Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the Cal State system. "But when there are immediate needs, whether taboo or not, we have to fill them."
The question of whether it's appropriate for higher education administrators to be making very large salaries (often in the hundreds of thousands of dollars) is highly contentious, with vocal advocates on each side of the issue. Those for high pay say such salaries are necessary to attract top talent to run complex institutions. Working for private companies, such executives could probably make several times more. Full Story

My take- Education should be left to the private sector but as long as tax-payers ARE footing the bill the students and parents should be the beneficiary.

It is ludicrous to give staff-members exorbitant raises to be paid for by the students. Education is supposed to be "free" (paid for by taxes)in California. It is not. We pay outrageous taxes and outrageous tuition's. Isn't that double taxation?

This goes to prove that the only ones who truly benefit from "free" government programs are the politicians, unions, and executives. Imagine how much more fun it will be when Government further intrudes into our health-care system.
Mike Shaner

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