December 4, 2020

Gap in faculty pay scales between public and private widens

Public universities are worried about losing their faculty to private institutions, who can pay more.

“As states cut back their support for public institutions, the gap between the pay scales at private and public universities is continuing to grow,” the report by the American Association of University Professors found.

The report also said public colleges and universities are suffering from immediate and long-term cutbacks.  It has caused reduced spending on students.  It also is increasingly substituting lower-paid contingent faculty members for more fairly paid tenure-track faculty members.

“The concentration of contingent faculty ‘weakens the academic enterprise,’” the report said.

“Pay cuts are not harming the quality of students’ educations,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, in an article in The New York Times.

Hartle spoke to The New York Times about the problems with contingent faculty members.

He said that while the shift to contingent faculty was an inexorable fact of life, he was not convinced that it harmed the quality of education.

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