Q. How can UC pay higher salaries for new senior positions – isn’t there a budget crunch?

A. Even with reduced State funds, UC has faced the challenge of maintaining the quality, accessibility, and competitiveness of the University. This has required making targeted, strategic investments to attract and retain the best people, including to accommodate growth in student enrollments. That is why the budget compact with the State is so important – it stops the worst of the cuts and gets the University back on more stable fiscal footing. It provides basic increases, starting this year, so that the UC system doesn’t fall any further behind.

The University has been working hard to prevent the worsening of market lags and to improve total compensation – at all levels of the institution to the best of its ability given the resource constraints of recent years. For instance:

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