An article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle today reports that Montana State University is facing an employee retention crisis. Many jobs at the university are vacant–a full third of the custodial positions are open and the university is having a hard time staffing its police force.
Rent in the Bozeman area is so high ($1,423) that, on average, it would eat up 98 percent of a low paid MSU employee’s paycheck. A video shown to regents of the Montana University System told the stories of professors who left MSU because they cold not afford to buy a small home, put a child through college, and save for retirement on an MSU paycheck.
I post this information here because it is a serious concern for me. On one hand, it might make it easier for me to get an adjunct position here next fall. On the other hand, I might not be able to afford a place to live and a decent life without having two or three roommates.