Professors Group: Don't Blame Faculty Salaries For Tuition Hikes

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Faculty salaries haven’t kept up with inflation over the years and are not to blame for rising tuition across the country, according to a study released by the American Association of University Professors. The Washington-based advocacy group said its annual study on salaries reveals that this academic year is the third in an historic low period for full-time faculty salaries. “Contrary to a persistent myth, full-time faculty salaries are not the cause of rising tuition prices over the last three decades,” reads the report, “A Very Slow Recovery,” released Monday. The group notes that tuition prices have risen two to four times as fast as full-time faculty salaries, placing blame on state and local funding cuts at public schools.

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