Sunday, June 24, 2007

Base pay on student outcomes? NAH!!

UTC is trying to decide how to "distribute" new salary money. Does anybody suggest the money be used to reward those who improve student outcomes? Nah!!!


Dr. Shela Van Ness, a faculty member and vice president of UTC's employees union, said she personally is not in favor of the 2 percent pool being used for merit pay because there is not a "transparent" system in place that determines who is awarded it.

"I know of people last year who wrote books and got grants and never received a dime for merit pay," she said.

Dr. Andy Novobilski, a professor and head of UTC's computer science and engineering department, said he thinks merit pay gives faculty more reason to strive to perform better.

"I believe that if you're going to recognize somebody for doing something above and beyond, then there needs to be something that goes with it that's tangible," he said.