How much money does it take to run the University of Alaska?

This is the first part of The Sun Star’s coverage of money and the University of Alaska. Over the coming months we will be publishing a series of articles based on salary information obtained by The Sun Star. The searchable database will be featured on The Sun Star site in the coming weeks.



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9 Responses

  1. alaskan says:

    in posting this information I hope that you adjust for 9month or 12 month contracts. it seems best to report a monthly figure and indicate whether the person has a 12 month, 9 month, or some other type of contract (e.g. adjunct).

  2. Chris says:

    Brian Rogers’ salary is inexplicably missing from the data. I know it was there at one time. It makes one wonder who else is missing?

  3. Editor-in-Chief says:

    Thanks for spotting that. We are still finding some bugs in results. Two that we’ve identified so far are no records being returned for salaries above $300,000 and records for names with apostrophes in them are also not appearing. We are working hard to fix the problem. Please let us know if you spot anymore errors.

  4. Tammy says:

    Although interesting, why is this important? Lots of time and money involved to create such a database. The solution to increased tuition is to cut salaries of devoted employees?

  5. Chris says:

    Actually, it didn’t take a lot of time and money to create this database. The information is already gathered and public… it took relatively little to put it up in a form accessible via the web.

    Nor is the “solution” to cut salaries of “devoted employees.” Salary is a significant organizational cost. The data is simply the data and makes no claim that anyone should be paid more or less. That’s for people to decide.

    As one who works at the University, I know that there are people who deserve to be paid more…but there are also many people who don’t deserve to be paid at all in this *very* top-heavy institution (that’s not just my subjective opinion–we are one of the worst institutions in the country when it comes to our admin to student ratio), and equity across units, where those tuition dollars you care about are going in inordinate amounts to administrators’ favorites for doing the same jobs that others do who are paid much less.

    At any rate, personnel cost reduction would be one way to reduce expenses that go into calculating tuition rates. I don’t see the harm in making this public information public nor in examining where the money supporting UA goes.

  6. Great work you guys, the University needs this sort of transparency don’t let anyone tell you different.

  7. alaskan says:

    there two significant problems these data ….

    – many salaries are based on information that is several years old

    – salaries for those with 9 month “full time contracts” are mixed with those who have 12 month “full time” contracts

    these data should be updated and should indicate salaries that are for a 9 / 12 or part-time contract.

  8. Bill says:

    There are a lot of other factors that the database doesnt reveal to the titillated student reader–a faculty member’s length of service (often not time elapsed since first hired), the national marketplace in which the University competes for her or his particular expertise, the extent to which he or she competes for extramural funds with which to pay his or her own salary, etc. In my case, a part timer, the amount shown is, as best I can figure, the maximum I could legally earn and is many times above the amount that was actually budgeted for my services and many times above what I actually earned.

  1. January 24, 2012

    […] The Sun Star student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has published a faculty and staff salary database for the entire UA system.  Its launch is part of a larger look at UA’s finances, nicely summed up by the headline of a related feature: “How much money does it take to run the University of Alaska?“ […]

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