College salaries put on ice

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    Pay caps and cuts expected at most academic institutions.

    Two-thirds of independent US colleges and universities polled in a recent survey said they plan to freeze employee salaries. Of those respondents, 80% said the freeze would be imposed across the institution; 15% said it would affect only the president and top executives; and 6% said only the president's salary would be capped.

    Yet 24% of all respondents said they plan compensation increases, with 87% of that group expecting to raise salaries across the board. Nine per cent of respondents predicted they would make pay cuts, with 64% of those saying the reduction would be institution-wide. The survey, conducted in June by consultants Yaffe & Company of Towson, Maryland, produced responses from 259 institutions in 39 states.

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    College salaries put on ice. Nature 460, 1167 (2009) doi:10.1038/nj7259-1167d

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