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Area colleges aim to keep faculty pay competitive
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:06:05 pm »
Area colleges aim to keep faculty pay competitive
By: Amy Dalrymple, INFORUM

FARGO – Professors at North Dakota State University hope the state’s strong financial position will help their salaries catch up and become more competitive.

Meanwhile, faculty leaders at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minnesota community colleges fear that cuts to the higher education budget will put them further behind.

Officials on both sides of the river recognize competitive faculty pay helps attract and retain highly qualified teachers.

Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, said pay has become more competitive and retention is improving as a result of salary increases from the past two legislative sessions.

“The bottom line is we’re making headway,” Goetz said.

At NDSU, the average salary for faculty at the instructor and assistant professor levels was comparable to what other public doctoral institutions were paying nationally in 2010, according to the American Association of University Professors.

However, as faculty at NDSU advance, their salaries do not keep pace with what competing universities pay, figures show.


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