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Salary priority

State university leaders are right to be concerned about stagnant salaries for faculty members.

November 19, 2010

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There is nothing more important to a major university than high quality faculty members.

So, when university leaders in Kansas see top faculty members leaving their institutions, they are right to sound the alarm, particularly when those faculty members are leaving for positions at comparable or lesser schools that are able to offer larger salaries.

Money isn’t everything in a job, but it is a tangible way to show an employee that his or her work is valued. Because of state funding cuts, faculty members at Kansas University and some other state universities have gone without pay raises for two years. It only makes sense that stagnant salaries would make top faculty members more likely to consider job offers at other universities.

It’s a situation the state can’t afford to ignore. According to university officials, even small raises would send a positive message to faculty members. If tax money isn’t available for those raises, the state and university officials need to get creative. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little noted, for instance, that some schools have reallocated funds or dedicated a portion of tuition revenues to increased salaries.

Even in a tight economy, many public employees — including Lawrence and Douglas County workers — have received at least small raises. State universities need to find a way to send a monetary message of support to the faculty members who are so important to maintaining the excellence of their educational product.

Comments

kubacker 3 years, 5 months ago

You're simply a full of crap elitist.

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consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

And State employees do their own work. They don't have grad students doing their work or Undergrads doing research they put their names on.

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consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

More BS. What about other state employee's or county employees, or city employee. They havn't had a raise in at least six years and they work for alot less. Sounds like self important crybabies to me.

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kubacker 3 years, 5 months ago

The support staff (personal slaves) for professors haven't received one penny of a raise in many, many years.

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Jeteras 3 years, 5 months ago

Heaven forbid we had to sacrifice our lifestyle a little bit,,,, geeez.. If you cannot maintain your lifestyle "without" a pay raise then you are in a pretty bad situation!

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toe 3 years, 5 months ago

They should worry more about the loss of public support.

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