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Response to April 5 article

April 12, 2013

In reading The Courier’s recent article, “Salary issues raise concerns on departing professors,” it mentioned the raise amounts for the average salary for assistant, associate and full professors since 1997. To place these numbers in their proper context, they should be adjusted for the cost of living increase due to inflation (approximate 45 percent increase since 1997). Thus, adjusted for inflation, the average full professor salary has remained relatively flat (0.3 percent increase) while the average salary for assistant and associate professors has gone down by 1.9 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

Michael Sostarecz
Contributing writer

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