Controversy on Report on Presidential Salaries

May 22, 2014

The Institute for Policy Studies on Wednesday briefly took down a report issued earlier in the week, "The One Percent at State U," after acknowledging some problems with some of the data. Late Wednesday afternoon, the institute posted an updated version of the report, saying that some numbers had been changed, but none that challenged the overall conclusions of the study. Those conclusions were that the public universities with the highest presidential salaries had seen more growth than other public universities in student debt and the use of non-tenure-track faculty members. The report has attracted considerable attention, and also criticism from institutions such as the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota, which published a detailed analysis of its concerns (prior to the corrections, which did affect some Minnesota numbers). A spokesman for Minnesota said that, based on an early review of the new version of the report, he continued to have concerns about the numbers.


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