Today's question: Does the UM System have its priorities right with salaries?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | 12:41 p.m. CDT; updated 7:56 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton addressed faculty and staff Tuesday, he spoke about research programs and the Nebraska game. But the faculty and staff in attendance mostly wanted to hear about one thing: salaries.

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee instituted a hiring and wage freeze in November, but allowed chancellors to make exceptions at their discretion.

On Tuesday, 11 months later, Deaton said wage increases are out of his control. Instead, he said, extra funds will be directed into "problematic areas."

About $4 million extra that MU received from a boost in enrollment will go toward Mizzou Advantage, which aims to keep MU competitive in its areas of strength.

In a report about 34 universities from the American Association of University Professors, MU's average faculty salary — $81,587 — was ranked second to last.

Does the UM System have its fiscal priorities right? When should they start giving raises again?

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