A university tries to deal with salary compression among faculty members

“However sound the reasons for salary compression, Curtis often hears complaints from faculty members and said there are good reasons for colleges and universities to address it. “It’s really a morale issue,” he said. “It’s telling faculty who have chosen to stay and help build a particular institution that their contribution isn’t necessarily valued…. It’s a disincentive to be loyal and it can be a negative thing for a particular institution.” Simmons agreed. "Some of the best, most accomplished people leave,” he said. And even when they don’t, Curtis said faculty sometimes seek out job offers from elsewhere in an attempt to secure a counter-offer from their current institution. Transparency is key to reform, Curtis said. “The whole process should be opened up and made transparent by having a faculty committee that has full access to [salary] data make recommendations about how the hiring process is structured.” At Oshkosh, faculty committees have been key in drafting and executing pay equity plans; the university also has hired an outside consultant to help improve the plan.“

A university tries to deal with salary compression among faculty members

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