Pay raises. Although nothing is sure right now, Dr. Bartel is optimistic. He is waiting to hear from the legislature. Without help from the state, a tuition increase is the only source of new money. The Board of Trustees is the only body allowed to deal with tuition increases. His hunch is that the tuition increase will be about 5%. He cannot predict how that might go to pay raises. He is committed to the promotion reward, with a goal of increasing promotion raises to 10% of salary. Steve Roderick has said that starting salaries are too low. Careful calculating will be necessary if new hires get a raise to be fair to other recent hires. Dr. Bartel assured the senate that the issue of faculty salaries is important to him.1
Promotion issues. Dr. Bartel’s only issue with promotion is this: that in some cases of promotion from associate to full professor departments are not following their own guidelines regarding expectations for professional growth. Dr. Bartel said that promotions to full professor require evidence of ‘discernible professional growth” since the last promotion. Some departments have been recommending candidates who have shown no professional growth, just longevity. He doesn’t think longevity is sufficient. The candidates need to be current in their fields, which can be demonstrated in many different ways. Dr. Bartel emphasized that he has zero concern about promotion to tenure or to associate professor. But concluded that we’ve gotten away from the “cheerleading” model of promotion; no more rah-rah tactics. In general, there is a movement towards more objectivity, and better, more detailed documentation.Dr. Bartel opened the floor for questions. Leslie Goldsteinasked about retention. He answered that Carol Smith is working on retention. There is a financial aid study about how efficiently or effectively it is being used here. There are companies that specialize in helping us predict where “sweet spots” are. Generally, retention is up from recent years but remains 12 to 15% lower than our peer institutions.
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- The Land, United States Senate, The Promotion, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, Dr. Brad Bartel