They're Talking On Campus
... About lower starting salaries for the class of 2009, according to the Fall 2009 Salary Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Bachelor’s degree graduates earned an average starting salary offer of $48,633 in 2009—1.2 percent below the $49,224 the Class of 2008 received. The Class of 2008 had seen its average starting salary increase 7.6 percent over the average for Class of 2007 grads. The salary survey also reported 20 percent fewer job offers reported in September 2009 than in the 2008 report.
As a group, engineering grads saw their average offer rise 4.2 percent from $57,250 to $59,670, while the average offer for liberal arts grads dropped 0.3 percent from $36,715 to $36,624. Find out more at www.naceweb.org.
... About protests by thousands of faculty members, staff members, and students on the University of California’s campuses, amidst charges of fiscal mismanagement, after the system’s Board of Regents resorted to drastic measures such as employee furloughs, layoffs, and sharp increases in tuition to offset large budget cuts imposed by the state. Many faculty members argue that the university should have found other places to cut.
Faculty members and students at the California State University (CSU) campuses are also protesting cutbacks and funding priorities at the CSUs. The California Faculty Association has held protests on campuses and at Board of Trustees meetings protesting attempts by the Board to use the financial crisis to permanently restructure the CSU.