September 30, 2003
BOARD TO REVIEW FACULTY SALARY REPORT
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Board of Higher Education will
review a study of faculty salaries at its meeting October 7 at Southern
The Board also will act on revisions to the Health Services Education
Grants program and view presentations showing model programs in
the use of adaptive computer technology for disabled students, a
junior/senior scholars program, and a training academy to recruit
Chicago high school students into public safety careers.
The 2003 salary study shows that between 1999 and 2003, average
salaries for public university faculty rose from $56,000 to $65,100,
a gain of 16.3 percent which outpaced both the inflation rate (11
percent) and increases in Illinois per capita income (14.3 percent).
Faculty salaries at private institutions rose to $72,600, from $63,100,
for a 15 percent increase. But community college faculty saw average
salaries rise only from $52,800 to $55,900 during that span, a 5.9
percent gain that fell below advances in both inflation and per
capita income. Faculty salaries at the state's public universities
continue to fall behind peers in other states, while average faculty
salaries for Illinois private institutions exceed salaries at peer
institutions and salaries for Illinois community college faculty
outpace median salaries in other states with comparable systems.
The Board is expected to act on recommendations of a special committee
that has examined health professions education programs, including
a grant program designed to assist private institutions in providing
health care programs. The committee made its initial report in August,
and among its recommendations are:
- To increase capacity in 13 programs - fields in which demand
for services is growing, including cardiovascular technology,
physical therapy, registered nursing, and dental hygiene.
- To reduce capacity in 14 programs in which an oversupply of
professionals exists, such as athletic trainers, chiropractors,
dieticians and nutritionists, podiatrists, and dental assistants.
- To review the medical scholarship program, administered by the
Illinois Department of Public Health, to assess its success in
recruiting medical students who later serve in underserved areas
of the state.
- To make administrative changes to the Health Services Education
Grants program to enhance program accountability.
- To recognize the contribution of Southern Illinois University
in addressing the health education needs of southern Illinois
and to urge the university to sustain its priority on that mission.
Board members will hear presentations from three institutions demonstrating
"best practices" in programs related to the goals of The
Illinois Commitment, the Board's strategic plan.
- SIU-Carbondale will demonstrate the use of adaptive computer
technology and website design to foster access for disabled students.
- North Central College will showcase its Junior/Senior Scholars
Program, in which North Central students work with disadvantaged
youngsters in Chicago's North Lawndale community and Aurora's
- Harold Washington College will highlight its Chicago Police
and Firefighter Training Academy, a four-year program beginning
in high school and finishing with an associate in applied arts
degree in public safety.