Our work, and our students’ success are sources of pride for our state. Unfortunately, some of the darker trends in higher ed
In a recent survey of 1,400 UNC faculty, over sixty percent said they don’t feel valued by UNC for their work and don’t get regular pay increases. Seventy percent say higher education is going in the wrong direction in North Carolina. Nobody should worry about money all the time but we know that 10 percent of all faculty in North Carolina are living in or near poverty and thousands have to rely on public assistance to get by. Many, many more are underpaid, overworked and anxious about their future and the future of UNC.
Too many faculty at UNC feel undervalued for the work they do. For North Carolina colleges and universities to remain strong, we have to turn UNC around.
We believe that all faculty should be paid fairly and support immediate, meaningful raises for the lowest paid UNC faculty that would help lift workforce morale, retention, and recruitment. It would prove UNC is committed to building trust and investing in instruction and scholarship.