Mason Faculty Salary Peer Group Revised

Posted: September 2, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm

The following is an excerpt from a Gazette article published on July 25, 2011

On July 19, the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved an important change in the way Mason’s budget needs for faculty salaries will be calculated in the future, beginning with the 2012-14 biennial budget.

The change comes after nearly four years of efforts to have faculty salaries realigned to compensate for the higher cost of living in Northern Virginia. The result is a new SCHEV-approved national peer group for Mason.

The average faculty salary funding objective of the commonwealth for each public institution of higher education is the 60th percentile of that institution’s SCHEV-approved peer group. Based on its new peer group, Mason’s 60th percentile target has now been increased by 8.4 percent, or about $6,000.

And, as Senior Vice President Morrie Scherrens points out, the change is supported by the Offices of the Governor, the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Finance, as well as the staffs of the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Department of Planning and Budget, which is charged with developing the draft of the 2012-14 biennial budget that will be presented to the governor for his consideration.

So what difference does the new target make? As a result of Mason’s redesigned national peer group, the university’s 60th percentile salary target increases from $89,542 to $95,457.

No public institution in the commonwealth currently ranks at the 60th percentile of its peer group. Most currently rank no better than the 25-40th percentile. With its new peer group change, Mason’s ranking drops from the 26.9th percentile to the 7.8th percentile of its peers, the lowest ranking in the commonwealth.

Why is this decrease in its percentile ranking helpful to Mason? First, it clearly demonstrates that Mason has the greatest need for additional state funding for faculty salaries. Second, it shows that an additional $6,000 needs to be added to Mason’s previous 60th percentile average faculty salary target to reach the new target — meaning that the university’s average faculty salary needs to be considerably higher than it is now.

“The 8.4 percent increase in our average faculty salary target is real, and it will serve us well in the upcoming years. It may take the commonwealth a number of years to fully fund Mason at our new 60th percentile target, but they will advance us toward this 60th percentile objective at the same pace as the other schools,” says Scherrens.

“As of today,” adds Scherrens, “our new agreed-upon average faculty salary target more accurately reflects the high cost of living in this region, and when the state begins providing salary increases, Mason should receive a higher-than-average faculty salary increase each year until all schools in the state reach the 60th percentile target salary.”

Arizona State University – Tempe Campus Arizona State University
Boston University Boston University
George Washington University George Washington University
Northeastern University Northeastern University
SUNY – Albany SUNY – Albany
Syracuse University Syracuse University
University of Connecticut University of Connecticut
University of Kansas – Main Campus University of Kansas – Main Campus
University of Maryland – College Park University of Maryland – College Park
University of Nebraska at Lincoln University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Georgia State University Florida State University
Indiana University – Bloomington Michigan State University
Indiana– Purdue University – Indianapolis New York University
SUNY – Buffalo North Carolina State University at Raleigh
University of Arkansas – Main campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
University of Cincinnati – Main Campus Stony Brook University
University of Houston Temple University
University of Louisville University of Arizona
University of Memphis University of Florida
University of Missouri – Columbia University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Nevada – Las Vegas University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Nevada – Reno University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of New Mexico – Main Campus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus University of Southern California
Wayne State University University of Washington-Seattle Campus
60TH PERCENTILE               $89,542 60TH PERCENTILE               $95,457


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