Clemson University to start merit-pay system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University professors are being evaluated under the college’s new pay-for-performance system.

President Jim Barker said Thursday that professors could see their salaries increase by up to six percent this fall. One-time bonuses are also possible. He says tenure and length of service will play no role in the decisions.

Clemson’s professors haven’t seen a pay increase in four years. Their salaries even fell in 2008-09 due to a one-week furlough the college required amid state budget cuts.

Barker says merit-based pay is important to attract and retain top talent. It is part of Clemson’s new funding plan on how to innovate and graduate top-notch students amid shrinking state support.

Barker says evaluations will include professors’ amount and quality of research, teaching skills, and public service.

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