Helping the College, or Just Themselves?

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Trustees at a California community college vote to expand health coverage to all board members -- but faculty and staff, many without benefits, voice dissent.

The Public (Non-Salary) Advantage

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In competition for faculty talent, private higher ed wins bidding wars, but new study suggests that on key employment policies, state institutions have the edge.

New Tactic on Salary and Benefits

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Faculty unions consider whether they win or lose when they agree to combine funds for the two big-ticket items of contracts into a single pot of money.

Making Higher-Risk Health Plans Palatable

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U. of Virginia begins campaign to encourage employees to consider a lower-premium, higher-deductible option as interest in that model increases.

Benefits for Pets, Not Partners

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College that declined to help employees with health insurance for same-sex partners adds assistance on health care for employees' dogs and cats.

A Broad Review of College Tax Compliance

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As IRS releases new tax form for nonprofits, agency plans survey of how institutions compensate presidents, spend from endowments, and pay (or don't pay) unrelated business tax.

Mid-Level Administrators' Salaries Up 3.9%

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The median salary for mid-level administrators increased 3.9 percent in 2007-8, according to a report released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The increase is up from last year's 3.8 percent gain, and a 3.3 percent hike the year before that.

Office Staff Feeling Overworked

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AFT survey shows clerical and technical employees at schools and colleges say they often stay past regular hours without receiving overtime.

Liberation (of Adjuncts) Theology

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Religious scholars at Marquette issue a challenge: How can a university be true to Catholic moral teachings and not offer its part timers health insurance?

Immediate Payback for College Grads

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Those holding a college diploma -- no matter their race -- tend to be financially rewarded right away in the job market based on ability. That's not true for high school graduates, report says.


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