THE University of California’s elite campuses are certainly sources of pride for the Golden State. But the reality is that the majority of the higher educating in California goes on at the not-so-elite colleges and universities, such as California State University, Northridge. And for that reason it’s dismaying to discover that the CSU system has a hard time attracting experienced professors and instructors to teach its more than 417,000 students due to the less-than-competitive salaries. And in places like Los Angeles, where the cost of living is even higher than the state average, it makes it all the more difficult. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The result is that the universities often fill their faculty spots with younger and less-experienced candidates. Whether that results in worse education is unclear, but it does cut the pool of candidates. The four-year contract tentatively approved last week to raise CSU faculty salaries by 20 percent could go a long way toward helping that. And while it’s important that the trustees pay the faculty members as fair and competitive wages as they pay administrators, the truth is that public universities will never be able to compete with private businesses in the pay department, no matter how noble their goal.