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URI reacts to faculty pay hike flap

April 13, 2012

University of Rhode Island Provost Don DeHayes says faculty pay raises are a tough issue for the university. On the one hand, the school is concerned about rising tuition rates. On the other hand, the university must offer competitive salaries to attract talented professors.

“We’ve had flat salaries for a couple years,” DeHayes said. “URI on a comparative basis is behind our peers in terms of compensation. We want to be able to recruit and retain the best faculty.”

DeHayes acknowledges that personnel costs are a significant part of the university’s budget, but he also points to cuts in state funding as a major factor in tuition hikes.

State spending on colleges and universities has gone from a high of just over $182 million in 2007, to roughly $147.5 million in fiscal year 2012, a decrease of roughly $34.5 million.

Governor Lincoln Chafee has proposed a nearly $2 million increase in higher education spending for 2013. However, he recently criticized a new faculty contract that would provide 3 percent raises to many professors at state colleges and universities.

The raises come as students face tuition hikes as high as 9.5 percent at URI, and 7.5 percent at The Community College of Rhode Island.

The Board of Governors for Higher Education may vote early next month on whether to approve the faculty contract.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rudolf Kraus permalink
    May 1, 2012 12:24 pm

    As a faculty member at the third state school, it would be nice to see WRNI mention Rhode Island College from time to time. This article ignores us completely.

    • May 9, 2012 9:09 pm

      Excellent point. I did call RIC on this issue but have not heard back…

      If you have a good contact person for me, please send the info along!

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