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March 20, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol.86 No.127
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AAUP seeks to nip ffacualty salaries
By Jen Deselms
Senior Reporter
A tight university budget and low faculty
salaries have university officials and faculty
members searching for ways to increase faculty
Although both groups have the same purpose
behind their plans to attract and keep faculty
members the ideas of the administration and
the UNL chapter of the American Association of
University Professors differ.
A policy statement that would authorize col
leges and departments to use outside income to
increase faculty salaries was discussed during
the March meeting of the NU Board of Regents
and will be considered at its April meeting.
The plan sponsored by Lee Jones, executive
vice-president and provost, and Richard Wood,
general counsel, would allow UNL and medical
center faculty members to increase their sal
aries from excess grant funds, donations, con
tracts and fees. Salaries could be increased by
up to 25 percent from these outside sources.
Jones said the policy would set the framework
for departments and colleges to form their own
plans within the guidelines. Each supplemental
compensation plan must be approved by NU
President Ronald Roskens.
Jones said a salary-compensation plan is used
for clinicians at the medical center and profes
sors in the College of Dentistry. He said similar
plans are'-' commonly used at other medical
schools, but he knew of no college in the area
that has expanded the plan universitywide.
Some UNL faculty members are concerned
that the plan will take away from funds now used
for maintenance and equipment and cause dis
parities in salaries. Jim McShane, associate pro
fessor of English and faculty senate member,
said proposals to use overhead money from
grants to supplement salaries would hurt equi
pemnt and maintenance funds.
McShane said he is also worried that faculty
members would be led, into areas of research not
because they were interested, but because of
In a letter to the regents, the president of the
UNL chapter of AAUP, Dermot Coyne, outlined
the group's concerns about management, and
academic and political issues raised by the pol
icy. AAUP questions whether income from out
side sources would divide faculty loyalty between
the outside sources and the university.
The AAUP also has its own plan to prevent
faculty exodus and demoralization.
On March 1 1 the group released a four-point
program that calls for:
O The NU Foundation to guarantee, on a
short-term basis, the funds necessary to retain
faculty now receiving offers from other insti
tutions. O The administration to prepare a special
salary package request for the Legislature's
immediate consideration.
O The NU Foundation to commit itself to a
fund drive specifically targeted to establishing
endowed faculty chairs awarded on a competi
tive basis throughout the university. The founda
tion should seek a commitment from the Legis
lature to match each dollar raised from private
sources for this fund.
Senator: approval
ahead for rec center
By Kent Endacott
Staff Reporter
Despite negative publicity generated by a
controversial bid-proposal policy, the Nebraska
Legislature will approve the construction of a
$14.9 million student recreation center, Sen.
Owen Elmer of Indianola said Wednesday.
At a debate on the proposed recreation center
sponsored by KOLNTV, Elmer said many sena
tors still have reservations about the project
because it stresses athletic at a time when aca
demic programs are being cut. He said that the
university's original bid proposal, which would
have required that all prospective contractors
include a donation with their bid, sparked a
wave of resentment among legislators.
In the face of heavy criticism, university offi
cials have announced that a lowest-bidder plan
will be used to award the recreation-center
"Senator (Ernie) Chambers is a master at
taking things out of context, and the things he
was circulating looked like extortion on the part
of the university," Elmer said.
KOLN anchorwoman Deb Collins said Elmer
was invited to the debate, which will be shown
Sunday at 10:30 a.m., because he was believed to
be a leading opponent of the recreation center in
the Legislature.
Elmer said, however, that he was a proponent
of the recreation center as long as it did not hurt
NU's academic program.
"If academics can be shown to benefit ar&'
colleges shown to benefit and shown to provide
more quality people at the time this is built, it
will have overwhelming support," Elmer said.
Although no state funds will be used t build
the recreation center, state law requires iuat the
Legislature approve the project became $3.5
million will be borrowed from student i venue ,,,
bond surplus funds. The recreation center also "
will be financed with donations and a $3.50
surcharge on football tickets.
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student
affairs, said administrators hope to award bids at
the regents' April meeting.
But Cyndi Halpin, a student opponent of the
recreation center, said many students want to
delay the construction of the recreation center
to give them more time to evaluate the issue.
Halpin said students recently collected about
900 signatures against the recreation center in
four days.
Earlier this month, the UNL Faculty Senate
voted 29-8 to request the administration to delay
construction of the recreation center for one
Halpin said many students are opposed to the
sharp increase in student fees needed to finance
the project. Under the plan, student fees would
be increased by phases up to $30 or $35 a year to
fund the project.
Griesen said that student fees for recreation
are low because there is no indoor facility to
support, he said an indoor recreation center is
badly needed and that UNL ranks at the bottom
of the Big Eight in student recreational facilities.
Bryan Robertson, a registered lobbyist for
ASUN, noted that two student organizations
ASUN and Interfraternity Council have voted
to support the project.
The Panhellenic Association, Residence Hall
Association and Campus Recreation Advisory
Council also have issued statements of support.
Gov. Orr appoints
Roy Frederick
state ag director
Dr. Roy Frederick, UNL professor of agricultu
ral economics, was appointed Thursday by Gov.
Kay Orr as the new Nebraska agriculture director.
He will replace Chuck Shroeder, who left Feb.
1 because an opportunity with another group,
said Jim Wiilet, the governor's press assistant.
Willett said Frederick was chosen because of
his background in agricultural economics and
his farm experience. He will leave his position as
a UNL professor and serve full time as agricul
ture director starting April 1. He will serve in
that position as long as Orr is in office.
Frederick was unavailable for comment. .