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Income Inequality in Higher Ed

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This chart has been provided as part of an article by Emily Peck on the factors driving income inequality: In response to my posts on administrative bloat, I have sometimes received complaints that my emphasis on high administrative salaries is beside the point because relatively few upper administrators receive those salaries…

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Tone Deaf, Myopic (and Self-Serving) Leadership

  Writing for the Hartford Courant, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas reports “In Tough Times, UConn Hands Out Raises to Top Staff”: “In a fiscally challenging year in which few non-union managers received pay increases—at UConn or elsewhere in state government—President Susan Herbst is sticking by promises she made in 2013 and 2014 to give multiyear increases to…

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AAUP-UC Says No to 50% Increase in Healthcare Costs

The following message was sent to AAUP members at the University of Cincinnati late last week. (I have omitted links for RSVPs and the full contract proposals.)   Dear AAUP Member, As you know, President Santa Ono is leaving UC. I wish him well in his next endeavor. President Ono did many good things for…

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Faculty Strike in UK

BY HANK REICHMAN College and university faculty in the United Kingdom began a two-day strike today against the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).   Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are taking action after talks to resolve a dispute over a 1.1% pay offer collapsed last week.  The UCU said the value…

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Uber, Adjuncts and Exploitation: The Same Old Thing (Let’s Fight!)

BY AARON BARLOW Jim Hightower, discussing the Uber “defeat” in Austin, TX, writes about the “gig economy”: This “alternative work arrangement” is not a futuristic concept — it’s already here and spreading fast. And it’s not just ride-hiring gigs either. Some 16 percent of U.S. workers are now in this on-call, temporary, part-time, low-pay, you’re-on-your-own…

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When We Don’t Fund Public Education

BY KELLY WILZ The narrative surrounding higher education in Wisconsin is yet again being defined by those who do not work in higher education and unfortunately, as we’ve seen before, this line of attack is incredibly persuasive. “The No Confidence vote isn’t really about President Cross or the Board of Regents. The radical faculty at UW-Madison are rejecting…

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Video Summarizes Faculty Compensation Survey Findings

BY KELLY HAND The AAUP released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession on April 11. This year’s report, “Higher Education at a Crossroads,” puts into perspective data that demonstrate a modest increase in compensation for full-time faculty even as the percentages of tenured and tenure-track faculty have decreased over the past four…