Higher education budget presentations will be made before Idaho’s state budget writers the week of January 26th. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports on what north central Idaho institutions will be asking for. (1:20 )
University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has said that improving the university’s salary competitiveness is the top budget priority of the institution.
Chuck Staben: “We’ve now reached where our salaries are at 82% of our peer institutions. That’s way too low, in my opinion. We’re having about 14% turnover in faculty and staff, per year. That’s roughly twice what a typical major research university has per year.”
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That’s Staben in his State of the University Address last October. The UI is asking for a four percent increase in employee salaries, about $4.2 million.
The UI will also be asking for funding for agriculture and forest research; more seats in WWAMI, the state’s medical education program; and operating costs for the renovated courthouse building in Boise to house law school programs, among other requests.
Salary increases for employees is also on the budget list from Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, along with the Work College Program, deferred maintenance, and other items.
In their budget presentations, both institutions are expected to discuss the Complete College Idaho program and a $4 million request for a proposed new building both institutions and North Idaho College would use in Coeur d’Alene.
I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.
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Posted December 9, 2015
(File photo of Chuck Staben included in Soundcloud post)
On the web:
JFAC hearing schedule
Complete College Idaho
Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center