The Texas A&M University System plans to make some changes to the way its professors are paid, according to a report from the Bryan-College Station Eagle. Using a cost-benefit analysis of their work, each faculty member is evaluated in three areas: salary, how much external research funding they received and how much money they generated from teaching. Officials add the funds generated by a faculty member for teaching and research and subtract that sum from the individual's salary. According to the report from The Eagle, the new process aims to show who is pulling their financial weight.
Once complete, officials hope the system will become an effective, lasting tool to help with informed decision-making among personnel.
According to The Eagle’s report, the plan has not been received well by faculty. Peter Hugill, A&M's chapter head of the American Association of University Professors, called the prospect a "silly measure."
The project, tentatively called "The Texas A&M University System Academic and Financial Analysis," will be presented to the A&M System Board of Regents, and, when complete, be available to the general public.