Adjuncts Get Pay Raise — First In Seven Years
Increases in tuition and adjunct faculty pay have been approved by Muskegon Community College trustees, who warned that because of budget constraints faculty should not be expecting any pay raises. A 4.7 percent tuition increase plus an additional $7 per contact hour fee were approved by the board of trustees in May. As a result, the cost of taking 12 credits, or contact hours, per semester would increase from $1,146 to $1,278. Administrators have said the increases should raise $1.4 million each year.
The board also approved, for the first time in seven years, an increase in pay for adjunct faculty. The five percent increase will cost the college an estimated $60,000 next year, according to Aaron Hilliard, the college’s administrative director for human resources.
Trustee Ann Oakes said after putting additional costs “on the backs of students,” the college needs to consider holding wage increases for faculty, whose contract will be up for negotiation next year.
Board Chairman Dr. Donald Crandall agreed, saying the board needs to make “tough decisions” regarding wages and fringe benefits.
“That’s something that has to be addressed — and seriously — during the next round of talks,” Crandall said.
The college employs about 231
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