LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Cal State Long Beach and other CSU campuses statewide will hire hundreds of new faculty members to help make up for massive cutbacks during the recession, officials said Monday.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports CSU officials hope the addition of about 700 new full-time faculty members will boost student achievement.

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About 60 new professors are expected to be hired at CSULB to keep up with rising demand, which is expected to rise across the 23-campus CSU system after a record 760,000 undergraduates applied for admission, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The extra staffing will be paid for with additional funding from Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget for the
the 2014-2015 school year and, in some cases, money from so-called student success fees, which are used to provide more course sections and other resources.

Salaries for new professors will start at $68,000 and range all the way to $110,000, according to CSU officials.

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The effort comes after budget cuts forced CSU officials to cut the number of full-time, tenured faculty members or those on track to tenure from nearly 11,000 in 2008 to about 9,800 in 2013, according to The Times.

Cal State Long Beach students hoped the move would boost their own personal academic advancement.

“Classes have been my biggest thing, I can’t get classes so it pushes me back another semester,” said one student. “That’s why I’m a fifth-year [senior].”

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It wasn’t immediately clear when the new hires would be in place.