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Source: Grand Forks Herald, May 5, 1992

IN SEARCH OF THE UND SALARY GAP OFFICIALS SEEK ANSWERS, SOLUTIONS TO GENDER DISPARITY
Steve Schmidt, Herald Staff Writer

UND has stepped up its efforts to find the causes of a gap between men's and women's salaries.

Since the 1970s, a women's equity committee has been trying to raise awareness of salary issues on campus. This year faculty and administration say they're using their most sophisticated statistical methods to analyze the salaries.

"None of us wants sex discrimination to exist, in salaries or anywhere on campus," said W. Fred Lawrence, dean of the business college and member of a salary task force looking at pay equity factors.

He believes many factors besides gender are at work.

"It's true that on average women make less than men. The reason isn't necessarily sex. It's the degrees they hold, the disciplines they teach, the number of years they've held their degree, the number of years they've been employed here -- a whole host of variables."

The task force hopes to find out in the coming months how those other factors stack up against gender, and why UND women appear to have a larger gap to close than women at many other campuses.

Denise Markovich, a finance professor on the salary task force said if women face similar situations at other colleges, the differences in their salaries should be similar.

National faculty salary surveys released this spring do, in fact indicate similar gaps between men's and women's salary averages at universities in neighboring Montana and South Dakota. Minnesota salary differentials are much smaller, though.

All's fair in Minnesota

At Moorhead State in neighboring Minnesota, women associate professors actually average more than men, $40,600 to 39,900. And the gap is only about $1,000 between male and female salaries for full professors.

At Bemidji State University men with the ranking of full professor are averaging $48,600 and women $47,300.

Women faculty members have achieved lower, academic rank than men and that holds true at most campuses.

Even so, faculty members studying the salary concerns say it's not clear why men do so much better in salaries when comparing them to women at the same rank.

At UND, women make less in all academic ranks, from instructor to assistant professor to associate professor to professor.

A woman with the rank of full professor averages $42,100 a man in the same rank averages $45,800 or $3,700 more.