Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,
During the past 18 months, we have had to make many difficult decisions in response to COVID-19. Responses to our financial challenges have been among the most difficult, knowing the impact on those who enable the academic mission of the university every day. The ways in which you have pursued your scholarly work and the education of our students have been extraordinary. On behalf of a grateful university, thank you.
While we continue to face challenging financial terrain, I feel it is extremely important to provide a raise for faculty and academic staff next year. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, non-unionized faculty and academic staff hired on or before June 30, 2021, will receive a 2% merit raise to their base salary.
Michigan State University continues to face financial challenges due to declines in enrollment from a year ago, which will impact our student body makeup for the next four years. But, as you all know, our fall enrollment numbers this year are slightly better than expected and our state appropriations are established. Additionally, units across campus have implemented reductions in budgets and other cost-cutting measures as they have adjusted to the challenges of the pandemic. While this does not completely resolve our financial challenges, our updated budget projections make it possible to provide this merit raise which will correspond with the restoration of the additional 5% match to university retirement contributions on Jan. 1, 2022.
I know there may be questions about the details of this raise. More information will be coming in the days and weeks ahead from the Office for Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, Human Resources and the Payroll Office, but I wanted to share this good news with you as soon as possible. Your hard work and dedication make MSU the great university it is, and I continue to appreciate everything you do every day.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)