ERIC Number: ED231471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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The Effect of Personnel Policies on Faculty Composition and Cost at a Community College.
Moran, Terrence J.; Rosberg, William H.
A study using the Markov chain model was conducted at Kirkwood Community College (KCC) in Iowa to predict the age and probationary status of faculty members over the next 20 years and to estimate the budget required to cover increased salaries associated with additional experience. The study predicted faculty composition under four alternative models: (1) current hiring and retention policies; (2) adoption of a policy to provide incentives for early retirement; (3) adoption of a policy to enforce more stringent guidelines on moving a faculty member from probationary to permanent status; and (4) adoption of a combination of these two policies. The Markov model, which traces faculty members' movement in the past and projects the same movement in the future, was applied to data for the years 1979-81 concerning the 148 KCC faculty eligible for membership in the state-defined professional bargaining unit. The study found the average age of KCC faculty to be 41.8 years in 1981 and their earnings to average $21,350. Over 18% of the faculty members were in the probationary period. Assuming the continuation of current policies, the average age of faculty in 1991 will be 45.1 years, with the proportion of faculty between 31 and 45 declining and the number over 51 growing. The total annual salary outlay will increase by $48,631 by 1991. Alternative policies were found to produce some variations in total salary outlay, but with smaller than anticipated cumulative differences. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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