Recession Response

To:                   St. Lawrence Faculty and Staff
From:              Kathy Mullaney, Vice President for Finance
Date:               April 6, 2010
Subject:         Follow-up Information

At our recent ‘Checkbook’ presentations, I heard requests for information, some of which we had on hand and some of which we still needed to receive.  I now have all of the information gathered and posted on our Recession Response web site.

Salary Information

From the national surveys we use to benchmark salaries, we now have results comparing St. Lawrence’s 2009-2010 salaries against averages of our comparison group colleges’ salaries.   As you might have imagined, the salary increase offered last year brought our salaries much closer to the comparison group average.  While we cannot know what our comparison peers will do with salaries for 2010-2011, we are aware that many schools have instituted freezes for next year.  Summarizing:

Average SLU faculty salaries are within one-tenth of one percent of the median salary of the faculty at the schools in our New Comparison Group (NCG).  View chart.

Average administrative salaries are within 1.8% of the average salary NCG salary. View chart

Employment Growth

I have posted the chart that shows employment growth by division. Summarizing these charts:

Since 1999-2000, the number of faculty has grown by 15 positions, from 153 to 168, or 9.8%.  At the same time, administrative positions have grown by 49 positions or 27.7%.   If the administrative changes in Academic Affairs* are added to the changes in faculty, the increase in total academic staffing is 22.2% and the increase in non-academic positions is 16.9%.

*8.5 Academic Support;  1.8 Library; 1.9 Outdoor Program, 1.3 Int’l Education, 1.2 CBL, 0.9 Registrar, 2 Academic Resources and Advising; 1 Rhetoric and Communication and QRC; 0.3 Art Gallery; 0.5 CTL; 0.4 Dean’s office.

Recession Response and Planning Task Group Recommendation Allocations

This chart, also posted, shows the dollar reduction recommendations (in thousands) of the RRPTG committee and the commensurate percent of the total divisional or departmental budget represented by the reduction.

Please let me know if you have any questions.