The University of Wisconsin-Madison last semester doled out $726,436 in raises and $8 million in research support to retain 40 faculty members who brought outside job offers to the central administration, according to information obtained by the Journal Sentinel through an open records request.
The $8.72 million went to individuals who got job offers between July 1 and Dec. 31, and agreed within that time frame to stay at UW-Madison. Other retention efforts within schools and colleges during that time were not included in those numbers.
The university did not receive new funding to support faculty salary increases, and in fact, the rest of the faculty got the same 1% raises as other state employees.
The raises to 38 of the 40 individuals retained by the central administration ranged from 4.34% to 49.68%. Some of the $726,436 was associated with promotions.