ERIC Number: ED255148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-27
Reference Count: 0
Annual Merit Pay: One Department's Approach.
Wood, Peter, H.; And Others
Efforts since 1974 to create an acceptable merit pay system at Bowling Green State University's Department of Educational Foundations and Inquiry (EDFI) are described. Construction of the activity-point merit approach that has been used since 1980 began in 1979. Each of the 24 faculty in the EDFI department listed activities or products that they believed to represent meritorious teaching, research/scholarship, and service. After the lists were collated to yield 86 separate activities or products, faculty rated each activity from 0 to 100 points and a merit evaluation checklist was produced. A total of 4,864 points were awarded to all faculty, and these points were converted into dollar amounts when the total merit increment was allocated to the department. The points received ranged from 34 to 241, with a mean point award of 202.7. Each year, modifications were made by the department. The system has the advantages of being acceptable to the members of the department, flexible, predictable, and modifiable. Major possible disadvantages involve too great a focus on quantity and a provincialism that occurs when departmental rather than university values are incorporated into a merit system. Appended are the 1984 form with instructions and a student ratings form used by the EDFI department. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bowling Green State University OH
Note: Paper presented at the Preconference Workshop on Merit Pay and Faculty Evaluation (Orlando, FL, February 27, 1985) as part of the Annual Conference on Improving College and University Teaching and Administration.