Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Wilberforce Faculty Endure Pay Cut, Increased Course Load

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Wilberforce Faculty Endure Pay Cut, Increased Course Load

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WILBERFORCE, OHIO

Faculty members at Wilberforce University have agreed to work longer hours for less pay to keep the private, historically Black university afloat.

The concessions will allow Wilberforce to avoid eliminating majors and laying off employees, the university's president, the Rev. Floyd Flake, said last month.

"Every part of this family is involved in a positive way." Flake said. "We've made a determination we will rise together and we will survive."

Faculty members agreed to a 10 percent pay cut while taking on additional classes that will increase the standard course load from 12 credit hours a semester to 15, Flake said.

University administrators had proposed doing away with nearly two-thirds of the school's academic majors to address a projected $5 million deficit. From that plan, only the elimination of the Wilberforce track and field team will occur this fall.

"We share Dr. Flake's vision, said Richard Deering, the president of the faculty union who has taught 35 years at Wilberforce. "We want to see Wilberforce not only survive, but prosper."

Marshall Mitchell, the university's vice president for institutional advancement, called the faculty concessions "enormous. …

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