ERIC Number: ED279359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
A Change of Governance at the DeKalb Community College: Creating an Academic Ranking System.
Walker, Robert; Poythress, Jacque
In 1986, after 2 years of preparation for merger, DeKalb Community College (DCC) became part of the University System of Georgia. One of the most important issues to be resolved before the merger was the development of the criteria for establishing a faculty ranking system and its implementation. In addition to determining minimum qualifications for initial academic appointments, it was necessary to stipulate eligibility and criteria for promotion to determine what ranks might have been achieved had ranking been in place during the more than 20 years that DCC had been in existence. Eligibility for promotion was determined on the basis of excellence in at least three of the following areas: superior teaching, outstanding service to the institution, academic achievement, professional growth and development, and outstanding service to the community. The process of determining eligibility required faculty members to complete a resume focusing on these criteria, which was submitted to a series of committees which verified the credentials and made recommendations concerning rank, to the Dean of Instruction, and to the President of the College. When the issue of rank was settled, the next items to be addressed were tenure, which was determined according to a Board of Regents policy stating that the Board cannot give tenure to faculty before they are employed by the University System; and salaries, which were brought into alignment with other Regent schools. (LAL)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Boards of Education, College Administration, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Promotion, Governance, Mergers, Multicampus Colleges, Personnel Policy, School Policy, Teacher Employment Benefits, Teacher Salaries, Tenure, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Dunwoody, GA. North Campus.