When the Board of Governors that oversees North Carolina’s public universities granted raises recently to 12 chancellors, it prompted faculty across the system to ask: What about us?
There is no doubt that faculty – who’ve gone seven years with just one insignificant raise – are long overdue for a raise.
This year University faculty and other state employees will receive a $750 bonus, but no raise that increases base pay. That $750 equates to $62.50 a month, $14.42 a week, $2.05 a day.
That doesn’t cut it. It’s no wonder North Carolina is losing faculty to other states.1
We need to appreciate the people who teach our children – at every level – and pay them at competitive rates.
The N.C. General Assembly, not the UNC Board of Governors, provides the dollars for raises for University faculty.
And after healthy raises for chancellors, the people who teach our best and brightest should be next.
1“Faculty Retention Efforts, July 2012-June 2014,” UNC General Administration. Of 419 faculty across the UNC system who received competing offers over two budget years, 320 – or 76% – accepted those offers and left. Among those who left, 93 had contracts and grants valued at $91 million.