In an attempt to bail out its Western State University, Washington state raised student tuition 16%, beginning this coming semester. The faculty and administration acknowledged that gift by immediately granting themselves an 18% increase in salaries plus 10% for anyone promoted and still another 15% for all department chairmen.
The governor is not pleased but the University is unrepentant:
[Governor] Gregoire writes that she and the Legislature did not intend for higher student tuition to lead to “significant salary increases for faculty” and is “perplexed” at how the school thinks it can afford them. Responding on “Bruce’s Blog,” [University President] Shepherd praises his colleagues’ “heroic” efforts in weathering the economic realities. He celebrates the contract, saying it represents the “courage and leadership these difficult times demand.” But he doesn’t address the affordability question. Efforts to cast the contract as a duel between tuition and faculty salaries, he dismisses as “pernicious … rhetorical hyperbole.”