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CSU Staffing, Fall 2015
CSU Staff, Fall 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The CSU is committed to providing a welcoming, accommodating and personally rewarding work environment for its faculty and staff. The information in this report, which draws on data from analytics for CSU employees for Fall 2016, illustrates the growth of the system’s workforce, as well as hiring practices that are leading to an increasingly diverse staff. The faculty and staff of the California State University are varied in their personal and professional backgrounds; in the skills and abilities they bring to their work; and in the successes they achieve as representatives of the university.

The CSU currently employs more than 49,000 faculty and staff statewide—the most in its 56-year history. Particular importance has been placed on hiring employees in student services and on tenure-track recruitments, as these hires focus more resources on mission-critical activities that specifically support student success. These and other hiring practices also reaffirm the CSU’s commitment to growth that aligns with the university’s priorities. On the following pages you’ll find information on the numbers of faculty and staff employed in various occupational categories, as well as the numbers employed at each campus.

Due to significant changes to reporting requirements for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) beginning in 2012, reporting groups have been realigned and cannot be compared directly to groups reported in prior Employee Profiles (2011 and earlier). Employee reporting has been aligned with the Standard Occupational Classifications published by the National Bureau of Labor Standards that were established in 2010.

Employees by Occupational Group and Campus


Employees by Gender and Ethnicity

Widely recognized for its inclusive policies and outreach, the CSU is home to an incredibly diverse student body across all its campuses. Likewise, the university employs faculty and staff of every race, ethnicity, gender, age and background. The average age of CSU employees is 47.5 years, and the 50-to-59 age group is the largest.

More than 38 percent of employees are minorities, as are more than 42 percent of full-time employees. An increase in the hiring of female professors has created a rich talent pool of full-time faculty that is now more than 45 percent female. In fact, over 73 percent of all employees at the CSU are either women or minorities.

The university seeks to invest in talented people across the entire spectrum of backgrounds and experiences; in doing so, we can increase the range of perspectives available to students in the classroom. Expanding diversity at the CSU serves to expand the horizons of our students, support their academic success and better prepare them to be part of a globalized workforce.


Age Distribution of CSU Employees