Survey: Public Institutions Lag Behind Private Institutions in Faculty Salary Increases

Posted on March 27, 2011 by

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812 four-year universities and colleges completed the 2010-11 National Faculty Salary Survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.  Public universities constituted 39% of respondents, private religiously-affiliated schools comprised 33%, and private independent institutions made up the remaining 28%.  Universities offering masters and doctorate programs, both public and private, made up the largest segment of survey respondents with 44%, though these include more private than public institutions.

The 2.0% increase in median base salary for private universities improves upon the 0.1% increase earned in the 2009-2010 survey, but is still less than the 4.0% increase noted in the 2008-2009 survey.

Public universities median base salaries have remained static for two straight years after a 3.5% increase in ’08-’09, and with states like Pennsylvania planning to cut funding to their public universities this trend is likely to continue, especially combined with potential job cuts to make up for budget shortfalls.  What is the likelihood that this will result in a brain-drain on state college campuses of non-tenured faculty to private institutions?  How deleterious of an effect will it have on the quality of education that public universities will be able to provide?

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