Quality of life keeps faculty
an issue in faculty retention
By Anne Bromley
say money isnt everything, but it is part of the package of
a good faculty post. Although U.Va. Faculty count living in Charlottesville
on the plus side, the lack of raises for two years is a growing
state budget cuts, the University is pushing projects that are of
concern to faculty. Important
building projects are proceeding, and collaborative work is being
encouraged. Fund-raising efforts to boost support for graduate students,
as well as faculty, are a high priority.
a recent American Association of University Pofessors report, Quite
Good News for Now, found that nationally, faculty salaries
rose higher last year than they have since 1990, by an average of
3.8 percent, indications are that things are about to change. Many
states are facing budget deficits, and higher education is one of
the areas that can be cut.
gave no increases to faculty at public colleges and universities
or to its state workers last year. An average 2.5 percent bonus
is earmarked instead of raises this year. The financial picture
doesnt look good for the next fiscal year, either.
are hopeful signs. The legislatures approval of a bond referendum
for new buildings, which will be on the ballot this fall, is one
way the University could move ahead with its plans.
his annual State of the University address, President John T. Casteen
III announced that the University will give an average 5 percent
raise to faculty who are promoted, a customary gesture that is also
partly designed to prevent raiding by other schools. Full
U.Va. study reveals suburbs more dangerous
By Jane Ford
home to go to work and other activities is more dangerous for residents
of outer suburban areas than for many central city residents and
for nearly all inner suburban residents, concludes a recent U.Va.
Baltimore to Minneapolis to Houston, some sparsely settled outer
suburban counties are the most dangerous parts of their metropolitan
areas, according to a study by William H. Lucy, professor of urban
and environmental planning, and graduate research assistant Raphael
Rabalais. Their findings are contrary to the conventional wisdom
that cities are dangerous and outer suburbs are safe.
metropolitan areas examined in the study are Baltimore, Chicago,
Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh. The study used data for the years 1997-2000, when available.