Webster University’s Faculty voted to approve a change in the way faculty salaries are increased. The change was approved by a vote of 44 to12, with 6 abstaining, on Wednesday April 24. Because of the vote, faculty salary raises will change to a one percent merit based raise system — instead of the evenly distributed, non-merit based system in place now. These changes will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.
The change to merit based raises come from pressure from Webster’s Board of Trustees, according to Julian Schuster, provost and senior vice president. A method to judge the merit of faculty has not been decided upon.