Oct 4, 2000 Minutes
(President's Academic Advisory Group)
I. Salary "Equity" Issues
In the wake of the senate's report on faculty salary equity:
and in light of PPS 7.16:
the senate sought an understanding of the "process" used to
distribute the monies assigned to "merit."
Vpaa Gratz reported that the machinations related to
performance/merit/equity were as follows:
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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
The remaining 3% ($1,083,000) of the 5% total
($1,805,000) formed what is termed by some as the "merit
This "merit pool" was divided into THREE parts:
PART 1: Merit raises as reported in the senate's
merit and performance report
The amount allocated to this enterprise was
2% or $722,000
Parts II & III used the remaining 1% or $361,000 as
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.
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
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.