- Over the last 35 years, top administrators pay increased at 3 times the rate of faculty.
- From 1978-79 to 2013-14, the average salary of CEOs at public institutions rose by 75 percent, the average increase for CEOs at private institutions was about 170 percent.
- Although in-state tuition has increased 94 percent at public institutions and 74 percent at private, non-profit colleges and universities between 2003 and 2013, they spent less than a third of their revenue on instruction in 2013.
- At private universities, the percentage of revenue spent on instruction went down 24 percent from 2001 -2012.
- The average tuition cost at a private university was $29,056 for 2012-13, but schools on average only spent $10,955 per student on instruction.
- In 2013, part-time faculty represented 45 percent of all teaching faculty at degree-granting institutions, up from 34 percent in 1987 and 22 percent in 1970.
- Since 2007, faculty pay has stagnated (including for tenure and tenure track positions) and down in real dollars for most, except those who teach at doctoral institutions.
- Many faculty members, both full and part-time, are struggling to make ends meet.
- 31 percent of part time faculty members and 14 percent of all faculty are living near or below the federal poverty level.
- 22 percentof part time faculty members earn less than the federal poverty level.
- 16 percent are paid below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour;
- 24 percent are paid below $10/hour; and
- 43 percent are paid below $15/hour.
- Although by definition an adjunct is “part-time,” 40 percent say they work more than 40 hours a week for their university employer(s).
- Almost all respondents say they are asked or expected to perform work outside the classroom and 28 percent indicated that they spend more than 20 hours a week on work-related tasks outside of the classroom.
- When asked if they have ever been asked or expected to perform work that they were not paid for by their academic employers, 73 percent of survey respondents stated “yes” or “maybe.” Examples of unpaid work they have performed, include: advising students enrolled in the major or minor; writing recommendations; attending trainings; presenting talks on campus; advising student groups; attending student events; sitting on committees; planning and presenting at orientation or informational meetings for the department; and designing or developing new courses.
- Under this formula a part-time faculty member teaching a 3/2 course load each year would gross $75,000 total compensation per year.
- Considering their education, college and university faculty pay often lags behind other professionals. The average salary for post-secondary faculty with a PhD is 21 percent lower than the average for other workers with a doctorate degree.
The Faculty Forward Network:The FFN is an activist faculty organization that improves faculty working conditions, supports increased public investment in instruction and research, and is fighting the corporatization of higher education. Record amount of debt and the rise of a contingent, underpaid instructional workforce means universities are investing less and less in their core mission – and faculty and students have been paying the price. But in just a few short years, faculty have stood up in record numbers and we are getting real results. Growing out of SEIU Faculty Forward’s efforts, the Faculty Forward Network is a 501(c)3 organization that unites faculty with students, parents, and allies who believe that higher education needs to once again serve all students, faculty, non-faculty higher education staff, and the surrounding communities.
We demonstrated that by joining together, we can influence the national debate about faculty working conditions and the direction of higher education. Standing with our partners in the student debt movement, we are holding bad actors in higher ed accountable, recently winning half billion dollars in debt relief for former students of the now defunct Corinthian Colleges.
It is time for us to boldly demand investment in and higher standards in higher education. The Faculty Forward Network is about bringing together faculty, students, parents and allies who feel higher education needs should be about classrooms over profit and degrees over debt. Together, and across America, we are joining the FFN because they believe change in higher education is possible when we take action together.