The New York Times reports that academic pay has been squeezed by the recession, according to the annual salary survey by the American Association of University Professors. Over all, salaries for this academic year are 1.2 percent higher than last year, the smallest increase recorded in the survey’s 50 years—and well below the 2.7-percent inflation rate from December 2008 to December 2009. The survey found that average salary levels actually decreased this academic year at a third of colleges and universities, compared with 9 percent that reported lower average salaries in the previous two surveys. Private and church-related universities reported...

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