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mcriday, march 4, 1974
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97, no. 28
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Report lists professors' pay at
UNL among lowest in nation
By Wes Aihers
UNL professors are among the lowest paid in
the nation, despite a state per capita income in
the upper 50 nationaily, according to
American Association of University Professors
(AAUP) and Bureau of Business Research
A fact sheet compiled for Faculty Senate
President Wallace Peterson ranks UNL
professorial salaries for 1972-73 among the
lowest 20 of all Ph.D. granting universities.
The data was based on the June 1973 A4( V
Bulletin, a publication of the AAUP.
That same year Nebraska's per capita per
person income ranked 22nd nationally,
according to statistics compiled by UNL's
Bureau of Business Research in its January
1974 issue of "Business in Nebraska."
According to AAUP statistics, total
compensation (salary plus fringe benefits) for
UNL full professors in 1972-73 was $19,800.
The basic salary (exclusive of benefits) was
This put UNL fifth in the Big 8 for total
compensation in 1972-73. Iowa State
University ranked first ($22,500) while Kansas
State University was eighth ($18,700).
Estimates for 1973-74 put UNL total
compensation at $20,460. Estimated national
average is $25,500.
Regont Edward Schwartzkopf of Lincoln
said UNL is "not paying the salary we should
"We don't get the support this institution
needs," he said. "I'd like to see the people of
this state really come to realize the vafue of this
institution to Nebraska."
Peterson said the stats was "getting a much
better university than it is paying for." He said
professors stay, not because the salary Is good,
but because "the atmosphere has been good,
conducive to scholarship.
"Over the years we haven't fared well (in
salaries) and I'm not sure why," Peterson said.
"But it's not because the state is poor."
Per capita income for Nebraska in 1972 was
$4,355 or 97 of the national average,
according to the "Business in Nebraska" article
prepared by E, S. Wallace.
Calling per capita income "one of the best
measures of economic welfare," Wallace wrote
that Nebraska's per capita growth from 1959 to
1972 "exceeded that of both the nation arid
the Plains Region."
Per capita incomes increased 100.6 in
Nebraska from 1959-71. The national change
during the period was 92.6.
Latest Bureau of Business Research data
puts the 1973 Nebraska per capita income at
During 1963-1973, per capita income in
Nebraska increased 51 from $3,175 to
$4,790. in the same period UNL professors'
salaries and fringe benefit! increased 24.2
(from $16,473 to $20,450).
The national average compensation for
professors increased 39.4 during this time.
Prof. D. C. Haack, Faculty Liaison
Committee chairman, said faculty incomes
"have been going down in buying power, while
the position of Nebraska in the nation is going
"For years and years we've been told how
poor Nebraska is, and we almost got to
. believing it," he said. "But Nebraska can afford
to support education better than many other
states can." '
Schwartzkopf also said Nebraska doesn't pay
its professors according to its ability.
"Our ability to pay is greater in relation to
many of our neighbors," he said. "A lot of
;6ttier schools ar,reaH having ilnkUiW
problems now so tHt wualdr be a good tfrrrw for
us to increase our position."
Consumer price data compiled by the U.S.
Department of Labor shows consumer prices
have increased 40.7 during the 1968-1974
period. UNL compensation increased 24.2
during this time.
"All the people here are asking Is that
salaries be allowed to keep pace with what's
happening economically," Peterson said.
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The 1,636 students now attending UNL under" the Gl
Bill, will receive a 13.6 increase in educational assistance
if a bill unanimously passed last week by the House of
Representatives becomes law.
The bill must go to the Senate and a joint committee
before it Is submitted to the President for his signature.
"The question is not if the bill will be passed, but If it
reaches the President to be signed by June 1, 1974," said
John HanJon, aide to Rep. Charles Thcsne (R Neb.).
That is the dale educational assistance for servicemen
discharged after June 31, 1955, and before June 1, 1960 is
tu be cut off untiar ifssj current plan.
The new bill proposes an increase from 8 to 10 years In
the time a veteran could receive educational assistance.
Veterans who would be without educational assistance in
June would have until June 1, 1376, to complete their
Study: police hostile
to community units
By Mary Shackeltort
Policemen tend to be hostile towards police-community
relations (PGR) units within police departments, according to a
study done by Charles Reasons, UNL assistant professor of
sociology, and UNL junior Bernard Wirth.
The study was conducted by sending questionnaires to 106
PCR units listed in the 1972 National Association of Police
Community Relations Officers membership roster.
The questionnaires were sent in spring 1973 and 50 of the 57
returns were usable, Wirth said. Tha stfen unusable replies came
from forces where no PCR unit was in opsrjtion.
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in the '60s, attempt to bo "relevent to community members and
at the same time get along with the rest of the police force,"
The units are aimed at establishing communication between
the police department and minorities and youth, the two groups
most antagonistic toward the police.
Most of the respondents to Wirth's and Reason's study
agreed that, as city size increases, the majority of non-PCR force
members viewed PCR work as social work.
While 60 of the respondents disagreed that PCR work lacks
"manly qualities," a substantial portion were undecided (18) or
Results indicated that repport between vouth or minority
groups end tha police improved when police dressed less formally.
Wjrth, who plans to earn a lew school degree in criminology
id criminal favv, worked on the study second semester 1973 in
en independent stud' course in sociology.
Results of the study will be published in the .Journal of Social
Issu-es in a few months, he said.
Wirth and Reasons aiso will present the study at the Pacific
Sociological Meeting in San Jose this month.
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