Higher Education News
World & Nation
- American voters say 81 to 16 percent that the government should limit executive compensation at companies receiving federal help, and 47 percent that boards of directors and top managers at these companies should be forced to resign, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll.
Thirty percent of voters are in favor of trying to limit compensation even at firms which do not receive federal bailout funds.
Last year, according to the Wall Street Journal, pay for typical U.S. CEOs dropped 3.4 percent, to a $7.6 million median. The Journal figures cover 200 U.S. corporations with over $5 billion in revenue that filed executive pay figures for 2008.
In 2008, during the worst economic meltdown in over 75 years, U.S. chief executives continued to take home over 300 times more pay than their workers. That’s a gap 10 times wider than the gap between top executives and workers that existed just a generation ago.
- President Obama has named Martha J. Kanter, the chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, in the Silicon Valley area of California, under secretary of education, the Education Department’s No. 2 job. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Kanter would become the first community college leader to hold the position.
The president has also named another community college leader, Glenn Cummings, dean of institutional advancement at Southern Maine Community College, assistant secretary of education for vocational and adult education. Cummings is a former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.
Completing the higher education trifecta, the president has chosen Jane Oates, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and a senior adviser to Gov. Jon S. Corzine and former adviser to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, to be the Labor Department’s assistant secretary for employment and training administration.
Faculty & Staff
- For 2008–09, the median base salary for senior administrators was up 4 percent, the same as it was the previous two years, according to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. However, the CUPA data were collected in the early fall, before the economic crisis forced many colleges to cut expenses, so they do not reflect furloughs or salary reductions that have reduced the income of many employees in higher education.
For presidents of a single campus, the median salary for doctoral institutions is $380,293, compared to $242,050 for master’s institutions, $225,000 for baccalaureate institutions, and $164,947 for community colleges.
The median salary for a chief academic affairs officer at a doctoral institution is $262,000, nearly $100,000 more than the master’s institution median, and the gap is even larger for other sectors. Visit the CUPA-HR Web site at www.cupahr.org/.
- The majority of college faculty (55.5 percent) nationwide now consider it “very important” or “essential” to “encourage a commitment to community service,” according to the University of California at Los Angeles’s Higher Education Research Institute latest faculty survey, an increase of 19.1 percent since the survey was last conducted in 2004–05; and 75.2 percent indicate that they work to “enhance students’ knowledge of and appreciation for other racial/ethnic groups,” a gain of 17.6 percentage points over three years.
Developing critical-thinking skills and discipline-specific knowledge remain important faculty goals for undergraduate education, with 99.6 percent of faculty indicating that critical-thinking skills are “very important” or “essential” and 95.1 percent saying the same of discipline-specific knowledge. Other top goals: helping students evaluate the quality and reliability of information (97.2 percent) and promoting the ability to write effectively (96.4 percent). More at www.heri.ucla.edu.