ERIC Number: ED329324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-19
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The Standardized Faculty Schedule: A New Methodology for Interinstitutional Comparison of Faculty Salaries.
Cooper, Ernest C.
For a number of years, the California community colleges have used data from annual statewide surveys conducted by the Kern Community College District and the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) for comparative faculty salary information. Both the Kern and CCCT studies rely upon the device of selecting benchmark points (such as the "maximum non-doctorate" salary) on each schedule rather than reporting all salaries on the schedule, an approach which presents certain methodological limitations. A more appropriate method would be to develop standardized salary schedules using the newer technology of the desk-top computer spreadsheet. With an electronic spreadsheet program, it is possible to compare or average the large groups of data found in salary schedules, either in a pay-scale step-by-step, or faculty member-by-faculty member basis. To test this approach, salary schedules of the 15 largest single-college districts in California were analyzed using a spreadsheet matrix which contained standardized salary rankings along the X-axis, with each district represented along the Y-axis. All colleges were fit into the matrix, making it possible to arrive at schedule averages for each college. Based on these figures, a series of salary comparisons were made, including a cell-by-cell comparison, a comparison adjusting for the cost-of-living differences between districts, and a comparison of actual salaries paid to a college's faculty with salaries these same faculty would be paid if employed under another college's salary schedule. Tables of spreadsheet results are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the California Association of Community Colleges (28th, Asilomar, CA, April 18-20, 1990).