Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Academic Council Rejects Proposed New Compensation Plan

The UC Academic Council (the system-wide faculty senate) has rejected the new proposed compensation system (APM 668) , which would “allow academic departments to use non-state funds to provide additional salary for general campus faculty, similar to the health sciences compensation plan.” The Council declared that, “All ten divisions and five committees (CCGA, UCAP, UCFW, UCORP, UCPB) responded. Academic Council discussed the proposal at its meeting on December 14 and concluded that it cannot support adoption of the proposed APM 668. While many members expressed support for the goal of finding creative ways to better compensate faculty and improve retention, Council agreed that the proposal as written is fundamentally flawed and strongly opposed its implementation.”

This news is very welcomed because the proposed plan would have created incredible inequality within the senate faculty ranks. According to the report, “While a minority of individuals and two divisions (UCSD, UCSF) welcomed the proposal as a way to offer competitive salaries to retain faculty, the majority found it deficient because: 1) it undermines UC’s tradition of setting salaries through peer review based on a common salary scale and cedes too much authority for setting salaries to deans and department chairs; 2) it exacerbates inequities by rewarding only those achievements that receive external funding; 3) it is likely to cause conflicts of interest and faculty effort; and 4) it does not anticipate or provide mechanisms for addressing unanticipated consequences.” This new compensation system would have allowed faculty to increase their base pay through external grants and departmental revenue, and this would undermine the salaries of faculty in the humanities and the social sciences, while it would increase the salaries of the highest earning professors. Moreover, this system would circumvent the peer review system and would increase the collusion between faculty and administrators.

What this report does not say is that a large number of professors are already gaining large salary increases through retention offers and private negotiations with individual administrators, but this rejection of the new system is a step in the right direction. As my research has shown, the major problem that senate faculty face in regards to compensation is the growing disparity between the stars and everyone else. While the report does recognize this issue, it actually dismisses the role played by off-scale salaries in creating huge compensation disparities: “Off-scale salaries are not arbitrarily determined; they reward exceptional merit through the regular academic personnel review process (UCSB). If implemented, the policy should require that deans consult with CAP to validate salary decisions (UCI).” Although the people from UCSB argue that the current retention system does not circumvent shared governance and the peer review system, a past report revealed that a large majority of UC professors have negotiated individual deals with administrators, and while merit reviews do go through peer review, retention offers are handled by administrators.

The Council did point out that the new compensation system could “worsen gender and racial salary equity issues, and that it would “reward only some forms of faculty effort and accomplishment (UCPB).” Moreover, the Council report states that this system “could provide incentives for faculty to shift their effort toward revenue-producing research activities and away from other types of research and teaching and service, producing a “conflict of effort”.” Once again, it is important to stress that we already have a system that does incentivize research over teaching, but it is good to know that the Council is aware of this issue.

Another important point in the report is that the new policy “is an ill-considered step toward increasing privatization of the University, absolving the state of its responsibility to support the institution in the name of entrepreneurship.” While this process of privatization is also already happening, it is vital that the Council is thinking about this ongoing issue. Furthermore, some of the campuses have rightly pointed out that the new plan could also hurt the ability of grants to cover their full costs by decreasing the Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR): “first, since ICR does not fully cover the cost of research, an increased number of grants could worsen the university’s fiscal situation (UCLA, UCSB). Second, ICR could be reduced due to the diversion of research funding to salaries (UCORP).” As I have been arguing for years, one of the central problems still facing the UC system is how to pay for the full cost of research.

Another concern is that by stressing the generation of entrepreneurial revenue, the university would be undermining its public nature: “Some fear that it would negatively impact the public character of the university by encouraging the creation of more high-fee, self-supporting programs that drain faculty resources from core programs (UCLA).” In fact, I have feared that this new compensation plan would push faculty to accept the move to online courses because departments have been told that these high-tech classes will generate extra revenue for professors.

In this new privatized and corporatized university, increases in compensation inequality could create a culture of resentment, and therefore the Council warns that, “the proposal may benefit a small number of faculty but that it will not solve systemic compensation problems.” Unfortunately, the solution proposed by the Berkeley campus would only increase the current problem: “Berkeley suggested that allocating revenues, when available, to provide additional off-scale salary increments, would be a better way of funding increases, without the problems associated with the proposed negotiated salary program.” This emphasis on off-scale salaries will not reduce compensation inequalities and the circumvention of the peer review policy. What the senate faculty need is a new and improved salary scale.


  1. Thank you for this post. I work in a large (over 50 senate faculty) STEM academic department. I see all the salary data and its much as you say. Most faculty are paid between 90-120K and some senior people are in the 120-150K range. But then there a few much higher salaries, ranging from above 150K to over $300K. Some faculty got these through retention packages; others were senior people we hired (stole) from other institutions. The latter tend to get paid the most astronomical salaries. AS you say the normal review process plays no part in setting these kinds of salaries, they are bestowed by Deans/Provosts. Once a person is brought in at a salary $100K larger then another faculty the gap tends to be maintained through all subsequent merits.

  2. Oh! Fabulous post. Truly this site is exceptionally geared up to lend a hand for all regarding this. I got scarcely any imperative helps from here and dreadfully recommended it. Absolutely I will be recognizable with my relatives and relevant competitors concerning this blog and will linger for more. Thanks a lot…….

  3. I just wanted to comment on your blog and say I really enjoyed reading your blog here. It was very informative and I also digg the way you write! Keep it up and I'll be back soon to find out more mate.

  4. Such a nice blog, you really provide me some great information. i am going to bookmark this blog, share with my friends and will definitely visit here again. Thanks for your article.

  5. Such a nice blog, you really provide me some great information. i am going to bookmark this blog, share with my friends and will definitely visit here again. Thanks for your article.
    JImmy Wilson-Bane Vest

  6. “The Department paid contractors almost $1 billion in commissions in 2011.” Thus instead of providing free public higher education, Avaya Practice Exams Question Answers the federal government is lending students huge amounts of money that they can never pay back, and the result is that the feds have to hire expensive private contractors to Adobe Practice Exams Question Answers collect the cash.

  7. Exceptional write-up I really like your content really like the method that you defined as much as possible, you are doing a fantastic employment a lot of others as if you by way of which form of helpful sites present consciousness to be able to you relevant to a lot of things. My spouse and i read another exciting weblogs from the web sites as well as My business is a lot serious along with your blogging knowledge, We likewise did start to compose information sites and this also form weblogs actually guide everyone available. I currently book marked your web site as well as contributed your websites to my personal co-workers besides me personally yet these similar to the blogs knowledge, trust you create additional fascinating blogs similar to this one in addition to best of luck for the foreseeable future blogs.

    Superman Jacket

  8. Here we play with all sorts of influences - coach factory outlet of desired shapes tiffany jewelry to prioritize the tiffany and co manner in which I go about finding what I need," the coach factory outlet tells Ecouterre.More than 1,000 runners began the race.Not just in true religion jeans, but also in making sure you stay happy until the cheap jerseys rain every day. Hey, $350 is way less than those coach outlet. For those unfamiliar, the coach factory online (only the first coach factory count toward the rankings this year) in coach outlet online carry all their own alexander wang shoes for a daily water ration and michael kors outlet tent to sleep under;The coach factory outlet is yours, but coach factory outlet is to just be yourself and be coach outlet store online.The sleek ensemble came on show through sac burberry. Choose from brands like Bernardo, michael kors outlet and others.which saw everything he could to shake off that 'alexander wang bags' image, just got the treatment from the michael kors himself, marc by marc jacobs outlet department. the company was coach factory outlet online that it can really tell that you're turned on, so michael kors should definitely be saved for the bedroom.which has seen him take on projects from labels like michael kors outlet online, to things like designing boats.

  9. Burberry Outlet Cheap Hollister Clothes Coach Black Friday Coach Black Friday 2013 Coach Cyber Monday Coach Factory Coach Outlet Factory Coach Outlet USA Coach Purses Factory Coach Purses USA Coach Store Outlet Coach Purses On Sale Monster Beats Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Louis Vuitton Factory Marc Jacobs On Sale MCM Outlet MCM 店铺 cheap oakley sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Factory Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Factory Online Coach Factory Outlet North Face Outlet Online Polo Outlet Store Ralph Lauren UK Sac Longchamp Pairs Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Oultet Ugg Australia Barbour Jackets Outlet Online Canada Goose Outlet Gucci Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Moncler Clearance Moncler Jackets Outlet Online North Clearace Outlet Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Online Woolrich Clearance Michael Kors Factory Outlet Coach Outlet Online USA Beats by Dre Coach Purses Outlet Online Michael Kors USA

  10. I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. gavinmatthews |

    fineartsprints |

    theww |

    euronovosti |

    kuldeepbrar |

    fazackarley |

    voiceq |

    pipelinemats |

    journalistsforum |

    claims-id |


  12. Very interesting topic will bookmark your site to check if you write more about in the future. I have just bookmarked this site for future Agen Bola SBOBET IBCBET Casino 338A Tangkas Togel Online Indonesia Terpercaya

  13. love it! very interesting topics, I hope the incoming Agen Ibcbet comments and suggestion are equally positive. Thanks for sharing information that is actually helpful. I am preparing a college paper and collecting Agen Sbobet information on this topic. Your post is one of the better that I have read. Thank you for putting this information into one site. Agen Ibcbet

    1. Apakah Anda pernah mengunjungi setiap agen ibcbet Dengan sekolah khusus agen sbobet, maksud saya sekolah Game Ibcbet Terpopuler untuk anak berkebutuhan khusus Tips Memilih Situs Agen Ibcbet Terpercaya. Anda mungkin belum agen bola tangkas, jika anak Anda tidak menderita autisme tangkas online indonesia. Saya berharap bola tangkas tidak ada yang melakukan. Saya agen bola tangkas akan mendorong Anda tangkas online indonesia untuk menyenangkan mengunjungi tangkas online sekolah tersebut beberapa hari. Jika agen poker Anda adalah manusia dewa poker yang nyata, Anda akan pergi keluar, berubah. poker online poker online indonesia

  14. love it! very interesting topics, I hope the incoming comments and suggestion are equally positive. Thats interesting fact, thank for sharing, can you explain the method? i thing this is new for me and i plant to visiting this regularry
    obat herbal
    crystal x asli
    obat keputihan
    crystal x
    Ciri crystal x
    I think you mean Portsea! :) Thanks for sharing information that is actually helpful. I am preparing a college paper and collecting information on this topic. Your post is one of the better that I have read. Thank you for putting this information into one site.

  15. Your blog is very cool. I am very lucky to be able to come to your weblog agen ibcbet and I will bookmark this web page in order that I could come back another time.Keep up the good work. I have never read more interesting articles than yours before. You make me so easy to understand, agen sbobet and I will contiune to share this site. Thank you very much! Thank you so much for the post you do. I like your post and all you share with us is up to date and quite informative. i would like to bookmark the page ibcbet so i can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful job.

  16. Ada beberapa pengecualian untuk aturan ini. Jika saya di pertandingan persahabatan, jika saya di pertandingan kandang, atau bahkan jika saya dalam suasana hati yang santai dan bermain dengan orang lain yang juga ada untuk "bersenang-senang" tidak "bisnis", maka saya mungkin menunjukkan beberapa lebih tangan dari saya biasanya.

  17. Hal ini penting juga agen ibcbet , bahwa Anda menggunakan kata kunci agen sbobet yang paling pencari akan ibcbet menggunakan ketika mencari untuk jenis produk bola tangkas atau jasa. Ada beberapa generator kata kunci agen bola tangkas gratis yang tersedia secara online tangkas online yang tidak hanya memberikan beberapa kata kunci tangkas online untuk jenis bisnis Anda tangkas online indonesia, tetapi peringkat agen bola tangkas mereka dengan seberapa sering orang menggunakannya poker online ketika mencari jenis bisnis agen poker atau produk. Sebagai contoh, pencarian dewa poker cepat untuk "rumah gratis berbasis agen sbobet Generator kata kunci bisnis" mengungkapkan bahwa agen bola indonesia "bisnis berbasis rumah" kata kunci agen sbobet jauh dan menjadi agen bola tangkas pilihan utama. Namun, "berbasis agen bola terpercaya rumah peluang bisnis"

  18. Nice article, thanks for the information. It's very complete information. I will bookmark for next reference
    jaring futsal | jaring golf | jaring pengaman proyek |
    jaring pengaman bangunan | jaring pengaman gedung

  19. Organization B has been in presence for a little more than 5 years. The organization was a start-up that the proprietor could bootstrap to accomplish repeating income levels that permitted the organization to accomplish productivity rapidly. cash advance

  20. اهم شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذكل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة وتنظيف بجدة ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر وكشف تسربات المياه بالجبيل والقطيف والخبر والدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام


  21. اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بمكة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل عفش بينبع
    شركة نقل عفش بالخرج
    شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم

  22. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming! Dissertation Proofreading Services UK

  23. Thanks for the information you brought to us. They are very interesting and new. Looking forward to reading more useful and new articles from you! dissertation formatting service

  24. Hello, I have browsed most of your posts. This post is probably where I got the most useful information for my research. Thanks for posting, we can see more on this. Are you aware of any other websites on this subject.
    dissertation problem statement

  25. Packers And Movers Bangalore Local Household Shifting Service, Get Free Best Price Quotes Local Packers and Movers in Bangalore List, Compare Charges, Save Money And Time at
    Local Packers And Movers Bangalore

  26. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.Please visit here:
    Local Packers And Movers Bangalore

  27. Packers and Movers Ahmedabad - We Provide ***Best Service Providers, Safe, Reliable, Affordable, Trusted ###Movers and Packers in Ahmedabad List, Household Shifting, Office Relocation: Choose Top Verified Packers and Movers Ahmedabad Compare ???Shifting Service Chrages, Price Quotation, Rate List Charts and Save Money and Time @ Packers and Movers Ahmedabad

  28. Packers and Movers Ahmedabad list, Cheap Packers Movers Ahmedabad Charges, Local, Affordable Household Shifting Ahmedabad @ Packers and Movers Ahmedabad

  29. Get Packers and Movers Jaipur List of Top Reliable, 100% Affordable, Verified and Secured Service Provider. Get Free ###Packers and Movers Jaipur Price Quotation instantly and Save Cost and Time. Packers and Movers Jaipur ✔✔✔Reviews and Compare Charges for household Shifting, Home/Office Relocation, ***Car Transportation, Pet Relocation, Bike SHifting @ Packers And Movers Jaipur

  30. Packers and Movers Bangalore as a Services providing company can make all the difference to your ###Home Relocation experience. Bangalore based Company which offers versatile solutions, Right team that easily reduce the stress associated with a ✔✔✔Household Shifting, ***Vehicle Transportation. we help things run smoothly and reduce breakages and offer you seamless, Affordable, Reliable Shifting Services, Compare Shifting Charges. @ Packers And Movers Bangalore