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ERIC Number: ED077308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan-16
Pages: 21
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Trustees and the Faculty - The Ruml Report Revisited.
Light, Richard U.
In the early 1950's, economist Beardsley Ruml recommended that colleges and universities bring faculty salaries into comparable categories with other professionals by increasing the student-faculty ratio to twenty to one. Such a suggestion was greeted with enthusiasm from trustees and many administrators, but faculty were totally against the proposal from the outset. The vast enrollment growth in higher education of the late 1950's and 1960's enabled college and university professors to demand higher salaries without having to increase their workloads. Now, however, dwindling enrollments, especially in private colleges and universities, are causing trustees to reconsider Ruml's plan in spite of opposition from the faculty. Although the trustees should definitely consult faculty as to their feelings, the trustees must inevitably have the last word in the situation. The trustees must decide the most feasible financial plan for attracting students as well as faculty, and then they must act on the decision. (HS)
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Note: Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, San Francisco, January 16, 1973