For years, the University of Central Arkansas has put off giving professors pay raises while the struggling university tried to climb out of fiscal distress, officials said. Now, just as UCA is on the cusp of recovery, faculty members are starting to think about leaving unless they get pay raises soon.
"It hasn't happened yet, but it's going to begin to directly impact students as they show up and see their favorite professors are gone," UCA Faculty Senate President Kevin Browne said.
Faculty pay has taken the brunt of UCA's efforts to balance its budget and climb out of fiscal mess brought on by years of prior mismanagement, Browne said.
In 2008, after years of over-extending itself by buying property out-of-pocket, UCA found itself struggling to pay its bills month to month without borrowing, President Tom Courtway said.