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Oct 4, 2000 Minutes

              Meeting called to order at 4 PM.

                                         PAAG
                         (President's Academic Advisory Group)

                               I. Salary "Equity" Issues

              In the wake of the senate's report on faculty salary equity:

                 http://www.txstate.edu/facultysenate/facrev2k/equity.htmlx

              and in light of PPS 7.16:

                 http://www.txstate.edu/academicaffairs/pps/7-16.html

              the senate sought an understanding of the "process" used to
              distribute the  monies assigned to "merit."

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              Vpaa Gratz reported that the machinations related to
              performance/merit/equity were as follows:

              <SENATORS, administrators, ADMINISTRATIVE 'MINIONS': PLEASE
              NOTE: I COULD HAVE  MISUNDERSTOOD THIS,  SO PLEASE FEEL FREE
              TO WEIGH IN WITH CORRECTIONS AND/OR ENLIGHTENMENT ...rms>

                   Money was set aside to provide sufficient dollars for a
                   5% faculty salary increase (assuming across the board
                   raises).  This is approximately $1,805,000, which will
                   be termed below, "faculty salary raises pool."

                   From the "faculty salary raises pool" 2% ($722,000) of
                   the 5% total salary increase ($1,805,000) was used for
                   "performance" raises.

                   The remaining 3% ($1,083,000) of the 5% total
                   ($1,805,000) formed what is termed by some as the "merit
                   pool."

                   This "merit pool" was divided into THREE parts:

                      PART 1: Merit raises as reported in the senate's
                      merit and performance report

                        (beginning:
                       http://www.txstate.edu/facultysenate/facrev2k/overall.htmlx)

                      The amount allocated to this enterprise was
                      approximately
                         2% or $722,000

                      Parts II & III used the remaining 1% or $361,000 as
                      follows:

                      PART II -- "Salary Equity Adjustments," those salary
                      increases rather loosely governed by PPS 7.16, noted
                      above.  The $211,000,  of the $361,000, was used
                      for this purpose

                      Part III -- "Deans' Equity/Discretionary
                      Adjustments," for those situations each dean deemed
                      worthy of adjustment.  The remaining
                      $150,000, was used for this purpose.

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              It was agreed in the meeting that the term "discretionary" in
              Part III was more descriptive than simply calling it "Deans'
              Equity Adjustments," given that the term "Equity" was also
              used in Part II.  This is the reason it was used in the
              moniker given above.

              Since performance as well as merit (Part I) along with equity
              adjustments (Part II) are covered rather thoroughly by
              appropriate PPS's, AND since reasons and documentation for
              these raises are extensively generated, it seemed reasonable
              to some to ask whether any PPS and/or documentation
              concerning the Deans' Equity/Discretionary Adjustments (Part
              III) were available.

              TO THE MATTER OF PPS, vpaa Gratz RESPONDED THAT IF THERE WERE
              A PPS GOVERNING THE PROCESS THEN IT WOULD NOT BE
              DISCRETIONARY.

              TO THE ISSUE OF THE DOCUMENTATION OF REASONS FOR "DEANS'
              EQUITY/DISCRETIONARY" RAISES, associate vpaa Cassidy OPINED
              THAT NO SUCH ACCOUNTABILITY WAS REQUIRED OR NECESSARY.

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