ERIC Number: ED266840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Awarding Faculty Merit Based on Higher Level Needs.
Andrews, Hans A.
In 1984-85, a nationwide survey was conducted of merit pay practices in community colleges to discover the impact of public pressure for merit pay on the community college system. Questionnaires were sent to more than 1,300 community, technical, and junior colleges, requesting information on the nature of faculty evaluation at each college. Study findings, based on a 62.7% response rate (N=816), included the following: (1) 700 respondents indicated that both part-time and full-time instructors, including tenured faculty, were subjected to regular, systematic evaluation; (2) 18.1% of the respondents had an operational faculty merit system; (3) 151 institutions used a combination of classroom observation and student evaluation in faculty evaluation; 116 used a combination of classroom observation, peer review, and student evaluation; and 71 placed primary emphasis on student evaluation; (4) 41% indicated that there was a "presence of faculty collective bargaining" on campus; (5) 14 states had no community colleges with merit pay plans; and (6) the Virginia community college system and the State University of New York provided statewide direction for merit plans. The study report includes descriptions of specific career ladder approaches and merit recognition programs in place in community colleges. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Valley Community Coll., Oglesby.