Robert Morris Profs Cut Raises to Shift Money to Student Aid

May 19, 2009

The faculty union at Robert Morris University, in Pennsylvania, has agreed to cut the size of the raise it was assured under a contract for the next academic year so that the university can devote more money to financial aid. Under the contract, professors were to have received raises of 2.75 percent. But more than half of that total (1.45 percent of base salaries) will be given up, producing an extra $180,000 in scholarship funds. The union is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. In a statement, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, the university's president, said: "Our faculty were under no obligation to take this action, which is a testament to how deeply they care for their students."

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