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Acxiom gives $150,000 for teachers in UCA's College of Business

Posted: September 4, 2012 - 5:39pm

Acxiom Corporation announced with the University of Central Arkansas College of Business Tuesday a pledge of $150,000 from the company to supplement teacher salaries.

Five faculty members in the Department of Management Information Systems will receive up to $37,500 per year for four years with the gift.

The five teachers work closely with Acxiom to provide camps for students, to update the program’s curriculum and on joint research projects, said Dr. Mike Casey, interim dean of the college.

The professors are: Dr. Ron McGaughey, Dr. Summer Bartczak, Dr. Ken Griffin, Dr. Jim Downey and Dr. Kaye McKinzie.

The five are said to be the faculty members who have worked to align the MIS curriculum with the skills set required to meet the technology jobs market need, including the traits Acxiom desires in workers.

Tom Courtway, UCA president, said the college is the “No. 1 supplier” of talent for Acxiom.

The pledge announced at a press conference in the lobby of the college of business is an important step, Courtway said, in retaining high quality staff members.

According to UCA, McGaughey founded the Acxiom/IT Careers Camp that encourages bright Arkansas high school students to select a path of study in IT or MIS fields.

Dr. Bartczak and Dr. Downey currently oversee the program.

Dr. McKinzie has partnered with Acxiom in working on a project management course and business analytics.

Dr. Griffin has been involved in the administrative aspects of all of these initiatives, according to the school.

Dr. Griffin, chair of the MIS department, said the gift has energized the faculty.

“Acxiom’s generosity will allow for professional development of the faculty in areas that will benefit our stakeholders,” he said. “The gift cements a continuing relationship with Acxiom that will improve the quality of our MIS curriculum and will benefit both their company and our graduates.”

There are just over 100 students in the MIS program this semester, Casey said.

About one year ago, Acxiom gave $200,000 to UCA’s Department of Computer Science to underwrite the hiring of a new tenure-track faculty member in that department.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Miss Ellie
Miss Ellie 09/05/12 - 08:33 pm
Acxiom gives $150,000

How sad that a college has to accept "donations" to pay teachers. I wonder how many teachers could be paid if the football program closed? I wonder how many teachers could be paid if all the legal fees from all the recent "issues" had been saved? I wonder how many teachers could be paid if the administration took pay cuts? I wonder....

MessiahAndrw 09/06/12 - 01:30 pm
I agree, seeing as the pay

I agree, seeing as the pay ranges from $17,957 for the shuttle bus drivers and ground maintenance, to $50,000-$100,000 for the majority of professors (excluding head of departments), yet the football coach makes $126,601. On average, a UCA employee earns $46,116.90.

The data is here: http://flexlists.com/view.php?list_id=17346

Currently 47 out of 1,152 people earn $100,000 or more.

This 47 take $5,863,772 out of a total of $53,126,667.91 spent on salaries (according to the above link).

If salaries were capped at $100,000 then the university would save $1,163,772 per year. That's enough money to afford 127 new employees at average salary OR that savings could be redistributed to the lowest 232 raising their pay to $26,097.47.

I'm not getting to a point, I just felt like doing some math to show the university doesn't have a financial crisis.

IDKM 09/06/12 - 01:59 pm
Sounds like you got to a point, a good one

I'm working at the wrong place. ;) jk

ps. can't access the link. no worries, 'cause you gave enough details to try and wrap my head around.

i_wonder 09/06/12 - 01:41 pm
Miss Ellie...I don't know

And why do you keep asking me?

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