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UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women

Report on the Status of Women



As part of the nationwide Land Grant System, the mission of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is to improve people's lives by addressing selected needs and issues with University-based outreach programs. The Cooperative Extension is an educational network connecting university knowledge and research to people throughout the state and is a partnership between the University of New Hampshire and federal, state and county governments. Extension educators based on campus and in each of the 10 counties provide non-formal educational programs in the areas of natural resources, family, community and youth.

Historically, Extension programs have been an important part of the University's public service effort. In 1977, a system of rank or classification for Extension Educators separate from the rest of the University was established. This system recognized the educational function of the educators and allowed flexibility within Cooperative Extension to administer the ranking system. The Extension Educator Ranking System was endorsed by the Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees and reported to the full Board in February, 1977.

Currently, there are 43 women and 33 men (76) educators in the Extension Educator ranking system, not including vacant positions. This ranking system includes: Extension Instructor, Assistant Extension Educator, Associate Extension and Full Extension Educator. In many ways, the activities of these educators parallel those of faculty and, in some instances, are identical to colleagues who may hold faculty rank with split appointments in teaching and research.

Since 1986-1987, Cooperative Extension has been conducting studies to determine whether female Cooperative Extension Service Educators were being paid the same as comparably qualified male Educators. The data show that the situation has improved for female extension educators from 1986 to 1994. In 1986-87, women educators earned an average of $1,137.07 less than male educators. The gap dropped to $626.13 in 1989-90. By 1993-94, women, on the average, were making slightly more ($96.00) than comparably qualified men.


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