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President’s column: Payment for civil service employees
February 6, 2014

perspectives-2012-120pPULLMAN, Wash. – While we do not have the ability to change the state civil service salary schedule with a permanent increase, I am pleased to announce that we will provide a one-time, 4 percent payment to eligible civil service employees.

Regents approve president’s contract extension
October 8, 2010

SPOKANE – A contract extension with President Elson S. Floyd through June 30, 2016, was approved by the WSU Board of Regents at their regularly scheduled meeting at WSU Spokane.


“The board of regents believes that it is important, especially in this difficult financial time, to send a strong message about the continuity of leadership here at WSU,” said Chair Laura M. Jennings. “Dr. Floyd has done an outstanding job for this university and we are pleased that his tenure will continue.”


The financial terms of the extended contract reflect those in the previous agreement, which would have expired on June 30, 2012.

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Is a college degree still worth the cost?
September 21, 2010




WASHINGTON, D.C. – People with bachelor’s degrees, on average, currently earn about 66 percent more than those with a high school diploma, during their lifetime, and about 42 percent more than those with an associate degree, according to a new study by the College Board.


The College Board today, Sept. 21, released its 2010 edition of “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.” This is the third edition of the study, with the first two in 2004 and 2007.

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Faculty salary study recommends changes
December 5, 2007

Longstanding underfunding by the state Legislature is the major impediment to faculty salary increases, according to a recently completed report by a Faculty Senate salary committee. Salary compression is also a concern.

The Faculty Affairs Committee and Faculty Senate will be considering salary issues, including those raised in the report, and will make recommendations to the WSU administration in the near future. Comments may be made to Michael Kallaher, Faculty Affairs Committee chair, at The report can be found ONLINE @

The report notes that underfunding is not unique to WSU: “Inadequate funding of salary increases is causing similar problems … » More …

Supplemental budget request itemized
October 2, 2007

Following is an overview of the WSU Supplemental Budget Request for 2008, approved Sept. 28 by the WSU Board of Regents.

Operating Budget

• Under funding of salary increases               $1,388,000
The 2007 Legislature mandated special salary increases for state employees.  Systems or formatting problems with our data caused many of our job titles for bargaining unit, civil service and other employees to be excluded from or miscalculated by the new OFM salary model and subsequently  underfunded. The total cost of these increases is $1,388,000.   Several of the miscalculations were identified during the legislative session and discussed at that time with legislative and OFM … » More …

Next president might make over a half million per year
October 2, 2006

If Washington State University wants a good leader, it’ll have to pay.As the university prepares to replace retiring President V. Lane Rawlins, officials are calculating how much more they will likely have to pay his successor.The university will need to pay more than what it currently pays Rawlins to make the position competitive, said Rafael Stone, WSU Board of Regent member overseeing the search process. Officials hope to make a decision on a successor by spring, with a new boss in place for the next academic year.For the full article, go The Seattle Times website at

Proposed budget funds salary increases, 50 new faculty
November 11, 2005

Washington State University’s proposed 2005-07 budget will go up for final approval at its Nov. 16 Board of Regents meeting in Seattle. “Major budget priorities identified in the strategic plan and addressed in the budget allocations, include competitive salaries, additional faculty positions, graduate education, and lower division programs at WSU Vancouver and WSU Tri-Cities,” said Karl Boehmke, executive budget director. To that end, the budget includes: • funding an average 3% salary increase for faculty, administrative/professional and graduate assistants, effective Sept. 1, 2006. This is in addition to the 5% increase for these groups on Sept 1, 2005. • the addition of 50 new faculty … » More …

No across-the-board budget cuts planned
May 17, 2005

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins, in his Update for Faculty/Staff, announced May 17 that the university:* will not make any across-the-board cuts at the beginning of the biennium on July 1. * will add to the state’s 3.2 percent increase in the salary pool. Through use of local funds the university will bring the average salary increase up to a total of 5 percent. The rules for salary  increases spelled out in the Faculty Manual and the Administrative Professional Manual will be followed.* will raise the level of salary increase for faculty when promoting to associate or full professor to 10 percent from 8 … » More …

Pay increases: Who receives funds under proposed budgets
April 11, 2005

WSU Today recently asked Karl Boehmke, the university’s executive director of planning and budget, what the three state proposed budgets — from Gov. Christine Gregoire, the House and Senate — provided for funding in regards to salary increases. Boehmke outlined the proposed salary funding as follows (please note, this might change in the final state operating budget): * Faculty, administrative/professional and graduate employees: Salary increases averaging 3.2% on July 1, 2005 and 1.6% on July 1, 2006 are provided. These increases are at the same levels in the House, Senate, Gregoire and Locke budgets.* Nonrepresented classified employees:Salary increases of 3.2% on July 1, 2005 and 1.6% on July … » More …

Widening salary gap may demand cuts
March 18, 2005

The Faculty Senate recently completed a faculty salary study, comparing Washington State University’s pay levels with those of 19 peer universities. The conclusion, said Robert Rosenman, professor of economics who chaired the study committee, is that WSU faculty are “horribly underpaid.”WSU President V. Lane Rawlins and Faculty Senate President Chuck Pezeshki agree.“We fell from about 13.5 percent behind peer institutions in 2000 to 16.5 percent behind peer institutions in 2003,” said Rosenman. “During the same period, the administration has been saying that faculty salaries are their primary concern.” With the governor and Legislature currently preparing their 2005-07 budget proposals (due to come out during the … » More …