From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The American Association of University Professors is releasing a survey on academic salaries today.

Skip the good news about salaries rising at a rate greater than inflation. For these folks, that’s not what’s important.

Rather, this is:

But the AAUP made a point of noting the faculty salary increases pale in comparison to those enjoyed by college presidents and Division I football coaches, which the AAUP says shows misplaced priorities.

You don’t say.

But wait – there’s more.

The report also notes high-profile contracts for football coaches, such as the University of Alabama’s Nick Saban, who recently signed an eight-year deal worth at least $32 million. That’s about 10 times as much as Alabama’s entire need-based financial aid budget in 2004-2005.

Nick Saban is the gift that keeps on giving.

How about some context?

Of course, those increasing salaries amount to relatively little in a school’s total budget, given that colleges have no more than one head football coach and one president, while they may have thousands of faculty.

Hey, it’s not about the budget, or whether a football coach is directing a program that’s generating lots of money for a school. It’s about what’s fair. Or something like that.

But the AAUP says the gaps have reached alarming proportions. While salaries for full professors at NCAA Division I-A schools ranged from $63,030 at Marshall University to $136,374 at Duke, the compensation of head football coaches averaged more than $900,000.

By that measure, the report said, “Division I-A head football coaches are, on average, 9.4 times more valuable than their full professor colleagues.”

“Full professor colleagues”. I like that.

Coach O, last seen addressing his “full professor colleagues” at the most recent meeting of the Faulkner Society…


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