ETSU proposes tuition/fee increase to boost employee pay

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University is requesting a 2.9% tuition/fee increase that the university would use mostly to improve pay for employees. ETSU’s request will go before the Tennessee Board of Regents for approval next week.

According to TBR records, the fee increase would give ETSU an extra $2.9 million. ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland says the university would use most of that money to improve salaries that he has repeatedly said have remained near or at the bottom compared to similar universities.

“It would provide for salary enhancement for faculty and staff, both in an across-the-board manner, as well as investments in our equity pool,” Dr. Noland said. “Of the 2.9% increase in tuition and fees that we’ve submitted to the board, the bulk of those resources will be directed to faculty and staff salaries, as well as enhancing tenure track faculty lines at the institution.”

TBR has recommended 2.9% as the maximum increase for this upcoming year. ETSU told TBR it needs the increase in order to retain the “brightest and best faculty and staff employees.”

TBR will meet June 23 at Northeast State Community College.

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