Faculty Salaries Not Driving College Cost

In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, the AAUP thanked him for his concern about the rapidly rising cost of higher education, but corrected remarks he made Friday that suggested that faculty salaries are a significant driver of rising cost. In fact, we noted, tuition rates have grown between three and fourteen times as fast as full-time faculty salaries over the past three decades. And the full-time salary numbers reflect only part of the picture, since 60 percent of faculty are now employed part time, with very low wages

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012