Empty Promises and Budget Struggles: An investigation of the faculty salary debate at Ohio Wesleyan Someone wanted students to know about the ongoing faculty salary dispute at Ohio Wesleyan. A small lime green flier was posted, showing a run-down of faculty salaries in comparison to other colleges that are members of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA).  On the flier, OWU ranked tenth out of thirteen. The flier had no other writing or comment, simply the figures there, in multiple locations on campus for students to see. While the subject of faculty salaries floated in and out of students’ collective consciousness on occasion, the facts were very much up to speculation. Some people had heard, from their professors or otherwise, that salaries were lower than they would like it to be. Others had never thought twice about it. But these fliers, many of which were posted on the doors of students’ residences, started a new conversation. As this conversation began, a larger one had been going on amongst the faculty, administrators, and board of trustees for decades about whether or not this was a problem, and if so, how the university would fix it. While the perspectives vary and the arguments vary even more, there is one thing everyone can agree on—the issue is very real, and the faculty is demanding it be acknowledged. Read the full story behind the cut. Read More

Empty Promises and Budget Struggles: An investigation of the faculty salary debate at Ohio Wesleyan

Someone wanted students to know about the ongoing faculty salary dispute at Ohio Wesleyan.

A small lime green flier was posted, showing a run-down of faculty salaries in comparison to other colleges that are members of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA).  On the flier, OWU ranked tenth out of thirteen.

The flier had no other writing or comment, simply the figures there, in multiple locations on campus for students to see.

While the subject of faculty salaries floated in and out of students’ collective consciousness on occasion, the facts were very much up to speculation. Some people had heard, from their professors or otherwise, that salaries were lower than they would like it to be. Others had never thought twice about it. But these fliers, many of which were posted on the doors of students’ residences, started a new conversation.

As this conversation began, a larger one had been going on amongst the faculty, administrators, and board of trustees for decades about whether or not this was a problem, and if so, how the university would fix it.

While the perspectives vary and the arguments vary even more, there is one thing everyone can agree on—the issue is very real, and the faculty is demanding it be acknowledged.

Read the full story behind the cut.

Read More

Ohio Wesleyan’s full-time student enrollment from 1979 to 2012. A sharp drop in enrollment in the early 1980s caused a “budgetary crisis,” according to former provost David Robbins. This crisis sparked a series of cost-savings measures and a subsequent faculty salary enhancement plan that provide important historical context for the recent debate. Data from Rebecca Ecksten in the Office of Admissions.
Salaries for Presidents, Vice-Presidents for Finance and Provosts in the GLCA.
GLCA salaries by rank, 2012-2013.
This graph shows in more detail how much of the Ohio Wesleyan budget is annually allocated to faculty salaries.