But part of the difference did not appear to arise from factors the university considered "legitimate," and thus appeared to reflect gender bias, according to Inside Higher Ed.
The pay hike--strikingly unusual in an era when many public universities, at least in the United States, are under severe budget strain--is retroactive to July 2010 and will set the university back $2 million in the first year. The university reportedly acted fast at least in part to forestall the threat of legal action arising from the study results. But it also shows that UBC takes pay equity "quite seriously as part of their strategic plan," says UBC math professor Rachel Kuske, who advises the provost on gender issues, as quoted by the Globe and Mail.
But, she adds, "You can do this one-time thing but if you don't have all the processes that affect advancement and future salary increases, then it's not going to really fix the problem in the long term."