The Senate Budget Committee White Paper, adopted last March, calls for steady annual increases in faculty compensation over 5-7 years with the goal of achieving sustained average of 95% parity with our comparator institutions. Similar equitable adjustments are called for regarding all employees of the university. Toward that end, faculty salary increases which took effect this fall averaged 6.75% campus wide.
Salary enhancement remains the single most pressing budget issue at the University of Oregon. The Senate Budget Committee and the administration remain committed to the 95% parity goal for faculty salaries, and are committed to achieving some progress toward that goal this academic year. Prospective gains in salary have to come from somewhere, and we are striving to find a reasonable source of funds for 2001-02 salary enhancements.
The Governor's proposed state budget underfunds the entire Oregon University System by approximately $100 million from current service levels in the next biennium. If adopted, this budget would leave the University of Oregon with a biennial shortfall of approximately $17 million. The proposed alternative budget announced by the Republican Joint Leaders makes up approximately $30 million of that shortfall. That $30 million plus an additional $25 million from proposed tuition increases would still leave the state system $45 million short of funding current service levels (i.e. funding the status quo). To prevent a serious budgetary crisis, we must encourage the legislature and the Governor to do more. Our voices - individually and collectively - must be heard in Salem.
Faculty, staff, students, and their families can help influence the state budget for higher education. We strongly urge you to do two things:
To those ends, the attachment to this memo contains information about busses leaving the UO for the rally on March 6, and contains contact information for legislators statewide. In contacting legislators it is important that employees of the university speak in their capacity as constituents and voters rather than as university employees.