Average Faculty Salaries, UC and Comparison Institutions, 1997-98 to 2008-09
UC recruits its faculty from top universities and historically has used eight of them-four publics and four privates-against which to benchmark its faculty salaries. UC's four public comparison institutions are Illinois, Michigan, SUNY-Buffalo and Virginia; its four private comparison institutions are Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale.
The gap in faculty salaries between private and public institutions has widened over the past decade for faculty at all ranks.
A plan to eliminate the salary lag for faculty over a four-year period was adopted in 2007-08, but the current fiscal crisis has delayed implementation.
While faculty continue to be considered for merit-based salary increases every three years, no general salary increases were provided for faculty in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and are unlikely in 2010-11.
The lack of general salary increases over a multi-year period is creating profound challenges in retaining high-performing faculty. These challenges will grow more difficult, particularly if peer and competing institutions recover from the economic downturn before UC, enabling them to recruit UC's top performers.
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Source: American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Faculty Compensation Survey. Additional information can be found at: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/comm/rep/Z/ecstatreport08-09/TOC.htm.