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ERIC Number: EJ822519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Asking Whether Presidents Are Overpaid Is the Wrong Question
Bousquet, Marc
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n13 pB13 Nov 2008
While some presidents are almost as overpaid as their basketball coaches, most campus administrators are not. Instead they work hard at complex and demanding positions and are often paid less than managers with comparable responsibilities in other lines of work. Assessments of compensation typically invoke criteria of fairness and performance. Fairness is a relational concept. Presidents make claims of fairness about their compensation by pointing to what other presidents are paid at highly ranked competitor institutions. They complain about the high cost of living in the region, or they note that education administrators have historically been less well paid than similarly talented executives in other fields. Those arguments succeed to the point that they tap into widely accepted values. The arguments break down, however, when presidents resist applying those same values to everyone else on the campus. Using one form or another of peer comparison, many administrators can easily show that they should earn 20 or 30 percent more than their current salary. But that relatively modest underpayment pales beside the perennial exploitation of adjunct faculty members. In this article, the author contends that the issue is less whether most college presidents are overpaid than whether faculty and staff members are underpaid.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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