TO:              Elon College Budget Committee
 
FROM:        Academic Council
 
DATE:         December 15, 2000
 
RE:              Faculty Budget Priorities for 2001-2002

 

Listed below are the 2001-2002 Faculty Budget Request Priorities as determined by faculty survey results and Academic Council discussion.    The six "general priorities" mentioned most often by faculty were:   salary, reduced teaching load, more full-time faculty positions, scholarships for students, health insurance and research and development.
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #1:   FACULTY SALARIES

In making the recommendation below, the Academic Council considered average salaries among private colleges/universities in North Carolina and peer institutions in the Associated New American Colleges (ANAC).

The Academic Council continues to believe that Elon should strive to maintain a third or fourth ranking in salaries among private colleges/universities in North Carolina.   The chart below, which shows average salaries by rank of the top five private institutions in North Carolina is based on 1999-2000 AAUP data adjusted to a nine-month work year:


 
Full
Professor
Associate
Professor
Assistant
Professor
Instructor
Duke University
108,000
72,600
59,000
--  *
Wake Forest
  89,700
66,600
47,900
37.500
Davidson College
  76,300
54,100
44,100
--  * 
High Point University
  64,600
49,300
42,500
34,200 
Elon College
  60,000
49,300
42,600
31,900
* indicated fewer than six faculty members
 
According to these figures, Elon continues to rank fifth behind High Point at the full professor and instructor levels.  Elon is tied with High Point for third place at the associate and assistant professor levels.

In addition, according to 1999-2000 AAUP survey data of ANAC institutions (removing the University of Richmond and Loyola (MD)), Elon ranks15th (bottom of the third quartile) at the full and associate professor levels and 9th  (near the bottom of the second quartile) at the assistant professor level.   Selected average salaries for ANAC institutions by rank are indicated in the chart below:


 
Rankings
Full
Professor
Associate
Professor
Assistant
Professor
Instructor
1.   Quinnipiac
 86,600
64,600
52,900
-- * 
2.   Univ. of Pacific
75,900
47,300
-- 
2.   Univ. of Dayton
54,100
-- 
3.   Butler
43,900 
-- 
9.   Elon
42,600
-- 
15. Elon
60,000
49,300
-- 
23. The Sages
49,200
42,300
 
-- 
23. Hamline
34,700
-- 
Average ANAC
66,388
51,978
42,083
-- 

*figures not available for instructor level
 

As indicated above, Elon is approximately $6,400 below average ANAC salaries at the full professor level, approximately $2,700 below average ANAC salaries at the associate professor level, and consistent with the average ANAC salaries at the assistant professor level.
 

As suggested in the Academic Council's 2000-2001 budget recommendations, Council continues to believe that Elon should surpass High Point and compare favorably with Davidson, as a point of reference among North Carolina private institutions.   In addition, Council believes that Elon should rank in the top quartile of ANAC schools.   Appropriate salary increases should be offered to maintain or achieve these rankings.
 

The chart below shows salary increases by rank required to meet ANAC average salaries and to achieve top quartile status.
 

Full
Professor
Associate
Professor
Assistant
Professor
Elon
ANAC Avg.
 
60,000
66,388
49,300
51,978
42,600
42,083 
Increases 
Required to 
Achieve Avg.
 
  6,388
 2,678
+ 517
% Increase
 
10.6 %
5.4%
---
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Bottom of 
ANAC 
Top 25%
 
69,900
53,900
43,300 
Increases 
Required 
to Achieve
Bottom of 
Top 25% 
 
  9,900
  4,600
   700
% Increase
 
16.5%
9.3%
1.6% 

 

To initiate progress toward these goals, Council recommends a salary increase of 6.0 % for the 2001-2002 academic year (2.75% for inflation and 3.25% for merit).   Consistent with action taken the last two years, Council also recommends an additional increase of $1,500 for full professors for the 2001-2002 academic year to continue addressing salary compression issues at this rank.
 
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #2:   REDUCED TEACHING LOAD
 

The standard teaching load for full-time faculty at Elon is 24 semester hours or six four-hour courses annually.  The Council recommends that the standard teaching load be reduced by one course to 20 hours annually.  A one course reduction for all full time teaching faculty would result in the need to fill approximately 200 course sections.   A standard 20 semester hour (five course) contract, would require 40 additional full-time teaching faculty members.   Using an estimated salary plus benefits package of $50,000 per faculty member, this plan would result in additional full-time salaries of approximately two-million dollar annually.   The council recommends that this plan be implemented over a two to three year period using a combination of new faculty and adjunct faculty.
 
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #3:   MORE FULL TIME FACULTY
 

Additional full-time teaching faculty also are needed to reduce the number of adjuncts and overloads, to improve the quality of instruction, and to reduce the work load within departments.   Therefore, the Council recommends 10-15 additional new teaching faculty positions annually in order to meet the recommendations of Priorities #2 and #3.   This recommendation does not address any future increases in enrollment and corresponding need for additional faculty.
 
 

BUDGET REQUESTS PRIORITY #4:   MEDICAL AND HEALTH COVERAGE

The Academic Council recommends that the percentage of the college’s budget allocated to medical and health benefits be reevaluated and increased in consultation with the President's Health Benefits Committee.   Council also recommends that this committee evaluate the specific benefits within the plan (including partner benefits) and the quality of service to employees and continue to advocate for improvements.   Finally, and as requested last year, the Council recommends that the President's Health Benefits Committee investigate the most appropriate manner to provide, at a reasonable cost, continuing health insurance coverage for all retirees under the college health benefits plan.

 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #5:   FACULTY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAVEL
 

Academic Council requests an increase of "general travel funds" from $300 to $500 for full time teaching faculty over a two years period.   It is suggested that current general travel funds be increased by $100 each year (approximately $20,000 per year) to reach the $500 level by the 2002-2003 budget year.   In making this recommendation, Council notes that general travel funds are currently used to support faculty who are on the program of a conference as well as to enable faculty who are not on the program to attend a conference of their choice at less personal cost.   The result of this practice is that faculty who present at conferences do not have funds to attend conferences which fall outside their already established area of expertise, thus minimizing the faculty member's opportunity for learning and growth.   Council therefore recommends that general travel funds be maintained exclusively for this purpose and that support for faculty making presentations at conferences be provided fully through separate funds.
 

As recommended last year, the Council recommends that the college work toward the goal of establishing sufficient funding for sabbaticals to grant each full-time teaching faculty member a sabbatical every seven years.   Recognizing that a significant step was made in this direction this year with the addition of seven sabbaticals, Council recommends continued moderate growth in this area by requesting 3-5 additional sabbaticals for academic year 2001-2002.
 
 

SPECIAL NOTE:

The Academic Council's survey of faculty also indicates as a priority the need for more student scholarships.  However, due to current institutional policy established by the Board of Trustees, Council recognizes limitations in allocating funds for this purpose.   Therefore, the Council recommends that funds for student scholarships be developed through endowments managed by the Office of Institutional Development to attract deserving students, to promote retention of excellent students, and to increase diversity.
 

The Academic Council’s survey of faculty indicates that “class size” continues to be a major concern of faculty, yet ranks below increasing the number of full-time teaching faculty. Recognizing the difficulty in increasing full-time faculty while simultaneously reducing class size, Council selects as the higher priority an increase in full-time teaching faculty, while remaining mindful of the importance of the class size issue.
 
 

Amended Recommendation from Academic Council

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