1995 MCM B： Aluacha Balaclava College
Aluacha Balaclava College, specializing in undergraduate education, has just hired a new Provost. Problems with faculty compensation at the college caused the forced resignation of the former Provost so the new Provost needs to make the institution of a fair and reasonable compensation system her first priority. As a first step in this process, she has hired your team as consultants to design a compensation system which reflects the following circumstances and principles:
There are four possible faculty ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor. Faculty with Ph.D. degrees are hired at the rank of Assistant Professor. Faculty who are working on a Ph.D. are hired at the rank of Instructor and promoted automatically to Assistant Professor upon completion of their degrees. Faculty may apply for promotion from Associate Professor to Professor after serving at the rank of Associate for seven or more years. The promotion decisions are made by the Provost with recommendations from a faculty committee and are not your concern.
Faculty salaries are for the 10 month period September through June. Raises are always effective beginning in September. The total amount of money available for raises varies from year to year and is generally not known until March for the following year.
The starting salary this year for an Instructor with no prior teaching experience was $27,000 and for an Assistant Professor was $32,000. Faculty can receive credit, upon hire, for as much as seven years of teaching experience at other institutions.
- All faculty should get a raise any year that money is available.
- Faculty should get a substantial benefit from promotion. If one is promoted in the minimum possible time, the benefit should be roughly equal to seven years of normal (non-promotion) raises.
- Faculty who get promoted on time (after 7 or 8 years in rank) and have careers of 25 or more years should make roughly twice as much at retirement as a new Ph.D. starting off.
- Faculty in the same rank with more experience should be paid more than others with less experience.
- But the effect of an additional year of experience should diminish over time. In other words, if two faculty stay in the same rank, their salaries should tend to get closer over time.
First design a new pay system without cost-of-living increases. Then incorporate cost-of-living increases. The final piece of this project is to design a transition process for existing faculty which will move all salaries towards your system without cutting anyone's salary. The existing faculty salaries, ranks and year of service, are in Table 1. Discuss any refinements you think would improve your system.
The Provost has asked for a detailed pay system plan that she can use for implementation as well as a short executive summary in clear language outlining the model, its assumptions, its strengths and weaknesses and the expected results which she can present to the Board and the faculty.