Study: ECU leads nation, state in equal pay for equal work

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU released findings of a study to ensure all faculty are fairly paid regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity.

After a year and a half, ECU’s faculty salary equity study for the Academic Affairs division is complete. The findings show, overall, no one party or demographic is favored over another.

“ECU did a study of pay and equity for gender and race,” explained Brian Massey, ECU professor. “I think it was a marvelous thing that it did.”

For a year and a half, an outside company conducted a study to search for, “Any evidence of systematic gender or race/ethnicity disparities in the compensation paid to university faculty,” at ECU.

Former Vice Chair of Faculty John Given, who didn’t want to go on camera, says nothing specific prompted the study. He says the university just wanted to make sure everything was fair.

And with some of results out, Communications Professor Brian Massey says he is pleased with the outcome.

“I’m heartened to find out from the study that we are leading, apparently, the nation, the state in being equal pay for equal work,” said Massey.

The findings didn’t reveal any differences between the pay of men and women or minorities and non-minorities.

What it did find is pay levels for African American faculty members in Academic Affairs were, on average, higher than their counterparts of other races and ethnicities.

Massey says he hopes ECU will fund studies like this for other areas as well.

“It should then not be that much of a stretch to continue the initiative to look more broadly at the issue of salary inequality for staff and faculty, market rate, compared to peers institutions outside of the university,” said Massey.

ECU will continue to assess the data provided.

The outside company conducting the study used the multiple regression statistical method to come up with the results.

On Tuesday, two forums will be held to discuss the study’s results; one from 10-11 a.m. and the other 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. both in the Jenkins Fine Arts building.

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