Chicago community colleges to link some profs' salary to performance

April 10, 2012

The 7 institutions of the City Colleges of Chicago system join a small but increasing number of US public colleges in tying at least some faculty pay to performance. As per a new contract with the union representing the system's part-time adult-education instructors, the instructors will no longer get automatic 3% pay increases for remaining in the system, but they can get bonuses of up to 8% linked to the performance of their students. Contracts tying faculty pay to performance are now also in place at the University of Akron and Kent State University. Texas A&M University has launched a controversial program that awards faculty members cash bonuses based on student evaluations. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)