by Pattie Moreno
Due to the fact that ULV faculty salaries are 15 percent under the average rate of pay compared to equivalent universities, a concern for faculty salaries was discussed Wednesday at the University Council meeting.
The Sept. 29 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, which printed the pay and benefits for the 1993-94 fiscal year of the top six leaders at 477 private colleges and universities, listed President Stephen Morgan as the highest paid individual at ULV, with a salary of $114,607 per year.
In comparison to equivalent universities, this salary is low. The average salary of presidents at doctoral universities, which are institutions such as La Verne that offer a full range of baccalaureate programs and have a commitment to graduate education through the doctorate degree, is $186,109 per year. Similarly, the average salary of presidents of local universities competitive with ULV is $155,012 per year.
Also listed in the Chronicle as the top salaries at ULV were Dr. Thomas McGuire, professor of education, $110,412; Dr. William Cook, vice president of academic affairs, $96,207; Dr. Jean D. Runzo, vice president of university relations, $88,758; Dr. Robert Burns, professor of education, $86,970; and Dr. James Manolis, dean of school of continuing education, $82,916.
President Morgan said that it is not just faculty salaries that are below what they should be, it is administration salaries as well.
There will be a task force to implement a strategic plan to increase the faculty and administration salaries 15 percent to be comparable to other universities.
Tied to enrollment and tuition growth, a long range plan to increase salaries will be developed for the year 2000 and beyond.
“We are just trying to keep up with inflation,” said Mark Nelson, a member of the University Council and co-chair of the faculty salary committee.
President Morgan, along with the majority of the council, felt that ULV needs to develop continuity in salaries. The goal of the task force is to achieve over the next five years an increase in salaries, considering inflation and enrollment increases.
The 1996-97 proposed budget for ULV will include a 2.5 percent salary increase for all faculty, staff and administration, and a one percent increase in retirement funds.
“I believe it is workable for all groups involved,” said Nelson.
A 3 percent tuition increase for next year was also proposed and passed at the meeting. The increase is the lowest tuition increase in 15 years. Last year’s increase was 5 percent.
President Morgan stressed the importance for all members of the University to contribute to the increase of the enrollment base at ULV, in order to keep tuition from inflating, and to keep salary increases existent.
Along with the increase in tuition came a 3 percent increase in ULV grants, an idea recommended by Adeline Cardenas-Clague, dean of enrollment services.
Retirement funds were also a concern amongst all faculty, staff and administration at the meeting.
The University also discussed finding new ways to be resourceful on campus to save money, and one of the issues discussed that would be recommended University wide would be to print on both sides of paper, including all photocopies.
All of these issues were recommended to President Morgan from the University Council to be taken to the board in March of 1996.