Survey: Minority Faculty Burdened By Financial Stress

A recent survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California (LA) shows that Black, Latino, and Asian-American faculty at four-year public schools and colleges, particularly individuals that aren’t tenured, worry much more about finances than their white counterparts.

African Americans (72.5 percent) and Latinos (69.2 percent) respectively are more likely than their white counterparts (64.7 percent) to indicate personal finances are the basis of their work-life stress.

Stress levels vary significantly whether or not they have tenure, UCLA professor and director of HERI, Sylvia Hurtado, says, since they generally face additional demands in trying to climb the career ladder, pressured by publishing and research beyond their teaching responsibilities.

The survey results are based on responses from almost 23,800 full time faculties at 417 institutions.

This survey is the first to ask faculty regarding their level of anxiety about budget cuts in their institutions. Almost 85 percent of Native American faculty said they feel stress about the financial cuts in their schools, followed by multicultural faculty at 80.5 percent.

The automatic annual pay increase for faculty at some colleges and universities has already ended because of the financial cuts in public institutions.

According to Hurtado, “Those circumstances can add to the level of dissatisfaction at work, which can lead some faculty to seek jobs in private institutions with comparable pay and other perks, such as tuition remission for their children.

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