(Raleigh, Durham NC) – Citing increases in enrollment, cost-saving initiatives across academic and operational budgets, and historic gains in corporate and private giving, Shaw University President Tashni Dubroy today announced the immediate cessation of a three-year old campus-wide salary reduction program.
In a letter to faculty and staff, Dr. Dubroy credited employees for their leadership and commitment following changes to federal student aid loan and grant programs in 2011, which dramatically decreased affordability and enrollment for hundreds of Shaw students over a two-year period, and thousands at historically black colleges and universities nationwide.
Dr. Dubroy said the time is right to restore regular wage schedules, and to set a standard for future investment in Shaw’s research and teaching capacity.
“While many colleges and universities are planning to permanently adopt cost-saving and efficiency models in compensation, we are honored to be among a handful of peer institutions working to make our salary structure comparable with the levels which preceded federal changes in college funding access in 2011,” said Dr. Dubroy. “More importantly, we see this as a foundation for our continuing efforts to make our salary scale among the most competitive in the state through new expectations for sponsored research, innovation in teaching, and philanthropic development within our academic units.
Employees affected by the salary reduction initiative will see restored earning levels beginning in September.”
About Shaw University:
Shaw University, located in North Carolina’s vibrant Downtown Raleigh, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the Southern United States. Founded in 1865 by Dr. Henry Martin Tupper, Shaw is proud to be educating more than 1,600 students who will become the change agents of tomorrow. Under the avant garde leadership of our current president Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, our motto is “This is E.P.I.C,” as we are committed to advancing our mission with Entrepreneurial Thinking, Positioning and Presence, Innovation, and Customer Care. Learn more at www.shawu.edu.