Note: The following is one of a series of columns looking at places and events of interest in Bulloch County history.
On Feb. 2, 1950, the Bulloch Herald reported the results of a new study had showed that Georgia Teachers College faculty were the lowest paid and hardest working in the university system. These schools were the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, North Georgia College, the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, the Georgia State Women’s College in Valdosta and Statesboro’s college.
The study reported that the average teachers college faculty teacher’s salary was $3,197 per year, a sum that was $305 lower than the highest paid teachers in the system.
Then, on March 16, 1950, the teachers college administration released its own report on its future needs, prepared by Professor of School Administration, Dr. George D. Strayer of Columbia University.
The report indicated the college needed a lab school, a men's dormitory, a student union, a dining hall, a physical education building, faculty apartments, a new president's home and a new heating plant. They would cost, he estimated, some $1.89 million.
The next study was reported in the Bulloch Herald of March 28, 1957. It was a special 1954 survey filled out by Georgia Teachers College graduate students. About 2,350 surveys were sent out, with 1,170 useable surveys being returned. Of those returned, 690 of them came from female graduate students and 480 came from male graduate students. The women were between the ages of 19 and 77 years of age, while the men were between 19 and 65 years of age.
About 170 of the women were single, 22 were widows, 15 were divorced and 483 were married. Of the men, on the other hand, 78 were single, two were divorced, there were none who were widows, and the remaining 400 were married.
The primary field chosen by the female graduate students was education, with 360 being teachers and 40 being principals and administrators, with another 170 being housewives. The male graduate students listed 67 different occupations, with 220 working in education, 24 being in the armed forces, and 12 working as civil servants.
The salaries of the two groups of graduate students were different: the women made an average of $3,100 per year; while the men made an average of $4,500 per year. While the average age of the female graduate student was 33 years old, the average male graduate student was 35 years old.
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