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Research Notes

Volume 15, Number 3

May, 2001

Faculty Salaries of JMU's Peer Group, 2000-01

In 1986 the Virginia General Assembly approved a policy to enhance the competitive position of higher education institutions in Virginia by raising the average faculty salary of each publicly supported higher education institution to the 60th percentile of a group of peer institutions outside of Virginia. Since the 1980's JMU has had three faculty salary peer groups, the most recent one being selected in 1997. The standard source of data on faculty salaries is the AAUP salary survey that is completed each year in the fall and published the following spring.

When the peer groups were selected in 1986 in cooperation with institutional representatives JMU ranked 22nd out of 25 peer institutions. Due to the commitment by the Commonwealth significant monies were designated by the General Assembly between 1986 and 1990 to raise the average salaries. Between 1985-86 and 1989-90, the average JMU salary increased from $29,682 to $42,618, an increase of 43.6 percent. The state budget crisis in the early 1990's resulted in JMU's average salary rank slipping from 7th in 1989-90 to 9th in 1996-97.

In the spring of 1997 institutional representatives met at SCHEV to select a new peer group that better reflected the changes that have occurred at JMU since the 1980's. The resulting peer group is a far more competitive list of institutions than the 1986 group. Institutions now considered peers include such well-known institutions as the University of Notre Dame, the University of Delaware, Ohio University, SUNY-Binghamton, the University of Rhode Island, Providence College, and Texas Christian University.

These new peer institutions as a whole have a much higher faculty salary average than the 1986 group. In 1995-96 JMU's average salary was within $1,000 of the 60th percentile which means that the institution was not well positioned for needed salary increases even though the quality of JMU and its national reputation had improved markedly since 1986. The situation with this new peer group is far different. As can be seen in table below, JMU is $3,100 below the 60th percentile, an improvement from $4,500 four years ago. However, JMU continues to be ranked 12th among its peer institutions.

Additional detail on the changes in JMU's faculty salary averages since 1993-94 can be viewed in the following link. Since 1993-94 only three institutions  have received larger percentage increases than JMU (30 percent). Additional salary increases that will move JMU closer to the 60th percentile are dependent upon the actions of the General Assembly. Given the current budget impasse in Richmond, JMU's relative position is likely to worsen for 2001-02.

Additional questions about this Research Notes can be addressed to the Office of Institutional Research. Individuals who would like to view the Web sites of these institutions are urged to follow this link.

State Institution Headcount Six-Year Graduation Rate Percent Applications Accepted Prof. Assoc. Asst. Instr. All Ranks
IN University of Notre Dame 8,014 95% 35%  106.0      70.8   59.0    61.7      83.9
DE University of Delaware 17,399 70% 63%     95.7      67.1   53.5    41.7      72.9
RI University of Rhode Island 10,639 55% 75%     78.8      59.5   48.1        -        67.7
NY SUNY - Binghamton 9,872 81% 42%     85.5      63.6   52.4    41.7      65.3
CA California State Univ.- Chico 13,397 51% 80%     75.5      60.2   46.6    37.9      64.9
CA California State Univ.- Fresno 14,767 44% 68%     75.6      61.2   46.4    38.0      64.2
PA Indiana University of Pennsylvania 11,892 51% 59%     80.2      63.8   50.1    36.5      63.6
TX Texas Christian University 6,456 63% 75%     84.4      61.5   54.8    45.4      63.6
RI Providence College 4,505 82% 60%     78.6      65.0   51.5    39.5      61.5
OH Ohio University Main Campus 16,554 70% 80%     79.0      58.8   48.0        -        60.7
TX Baylor University 11,472 67% 87%     79.3      60.5   47.5        -        59.7
VA James Madison University 14,156 80% 65%     72.2      59.7   46.5    39.4      57.4
OR University of Oregon 13,610 59% 90%     75.6      55.4   47.0    36.1      56.9
NY SUNY College - Brockport 6,719 51% 55%     73.9      62.2   46.8    41.9      55.1
NC Appalachian State University 11,570 63% 66%     67.1      55.9   45.1    40.9      54.4
IL Bradley University 4,961 66% 81%     70.2      56.5   45.9    34.3      54.0
IA University of Northern Iowa 12,100 61% 82%     72.1      55.5   45.8    38.8      53.4
MD Towson University 13,981 57% 69%     67.2      55.8   45.2    45.9      53.1
WA Western Washington University 11,050 63% 83%     63.6      51.8   43.9    37.3      53.0
MD Salisbury State University 5,536 60% 57%     68.7      53.9   48.3    43.4      52.3
NY SUNY College - Oswego 6,835 59% 59%     62.9      53.3   42.7        -        52.0
TN University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 7,216 40% 46%     61.3      48.9   43.5    31.8      50.5
TN Middle Tennessee State University 17,037 34% 77%     64.8      48.3   42.5    29.6      50.1
SC College of Charleston 9,713 54% 44%     63.8      52.2   41.9    35.5      49.5
ND University of North Dakota - Main Campus 8,680 48% 70%     57.1      48.6   42.3    39.0      46.4
PEER AVERAGE           74.5      57.9   47.5    33.2      58.7
PEER 60th PERCENTILE (Excel formula) 60.5
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