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Ball State approves pay raises for professors

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Ball State University trustees have approved a 3.5-percent increase in salary funding for faculty and professional staff.

The increase will take effect July 1.

According to the Star Press of Muncie, trustees approved the increase Friday following complaints about comparatively low pay and unequal raises for faculty compared with those for the president and athletic director.

A national survey published by the American Association of University Professors and The Chronicle of Higher Education put Ball State's average salary of $85,000 for a full professor in the bottom 5 percent compared to similar schools nationwide.

Last summer, trustees increased President Jo Ann Gora's salary by 10 percent, from $392,040 to $431,244. Trustees on Friday approved a salary of $235,000 for new athletic director William Scholl. His predecessor had been paid $185,840.

Late last month, Gora said Ball State's faculty members have received pay raises in recent years despite state cuts to higher education.

Gora said that the state universities face a hard sell with legislators who feel it isn't their problem that professors might believe they're underpaid when other people in their communities have lost jobs.

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  • What about Gora?
    Did Dr. Gora get another 3.5% raise over the 10% that she got last year?

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

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  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

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