Salaries Go Up For Many Texas College Officials

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AUSTIN, Texas - - Many top university administrators in Texas have received significant raises over the last two years, even as state institutions have seen budget cuts and tuition hikes.

An examination by The Dallas Morning News found that top administrators got an overall salary increase of 4.2 percent from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2013. University system administrators received a 9 percent increase.

During about the same time, tuition statewide went up 9 percent and state lawmakers made deep cuts to funding.

Higher-education observers say most administrators are being paid in line with their market value, and that some university presidents declined raises.

But supporters of smaller government question whether administrators are overpaid.