Fairfield U. Faces Faculty Pay Crisis

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Fairfield University officials, faced with budget woes and shrinking enrollment, want to abandon an 18-year practice of paying professors as well, or better, than peers in comparable institutions.

Faculty members are not taking the news lying down.

In the midst of finals week, about 100 faculty and students, carrying signs and chanting, trekked across the university's well-appointed lawns in the rain Wednesday to the university president's annual address to faculty. As they did, students poked their heads out of classroom windows to see what the commotion was all about. The idea behind the "unity" rally, according to participants, was to make students aware of an internal battle that has been brewing between administration and faculty all year.

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