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Faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee are underpaid compared with their peers.  From The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Study details peer, UT pay disparity 
The system as a whole, including its other campuses, falls at about 87 percent of market value for faculty and 78 percent for staff, according to a study by Sibson Consultants, a firm based in New York City. Staff at UT make about 74 percent of market value.

It would cost about $153 million to bring salaries across the system up to market value. It would cost $71 million to bring them within 85 percent of market value.

The university is still studying retention rates in order to find out if the gap is causing faculty and staff to leave for other positions. The study also doesn't include bonuses, grants and incentive plans for faculty at UT or at the benchmark institutions.

"If that was all we were paying, frankly, we wouldn't have any faculty," said Steve Schwab, chancellor of the Health Science Center in Memphis.More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.

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