CSUB hiring new staff, could face limited space


California State University, Bakersfield is embarking on a hiring spree, but there might not be enough space.

"Right now, we're in the process of hiring about 39 individuals," said David Schecter, vice provost at CSUB.

It costs $5,500 for each search, and finding the best candidate isn't easy.

"It's everything from placing ads in a variety of journals that we need to place them in, to faculty traveling to conferences to interview particular candidates, to candidates flying in literally from all over the country and all over the world," said Schecter.

Certain majors are taking off, but professors are retiring, leaving little staff to support the growth.

The main question is if there is enough space for these new hires.

"At this point, we're doing well with the space that we have, but we absolutely need to make some tough decisions over the next year," said Schecter.

Limited space is an issue for most Cal State schools, because campuses must spend their own money to expand.

They choose faculty and programs over a new classroom, but they know they need more facilities.

" ,,, Its just a constant balancing act," said Schecter.

Even students on campus are feeling cramped.

"The study rooms here are super overcrowded, so there will be like 20 of us in a room at times, and we'll be kicked out like an hour later because they're only an hour time slot," said student Cassandra Estrella.

Students are excited for expansion if it means more space.

"It's important to have the space here on campus, because a lot of people don't have a place to study at home," said student Yvetter Gonzalez.

CSUB recently submitted a master plan to the CSU chancellor for the construction of four to five new buildings, but it could be another decade until they are approved and finished.

But, right now, expanding staff means no expanding facilities anytime soon.

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