By Cyndy Cole
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday Mar. 21, 2002
The Arizona Board of Regents will consider the value of increased merit-based pay for faculty at its meetings today and tomorrow in Yuma.
Employees could receive more pay based on performance evaluations if Regents amend current policy to allow up to $200 per month, instead of $100, to be based on merit.
The proposed change in pay for University of Arizona employees would not stop there. A clause within the proposal would also leave room for supervisors to award UA employees limitless bonuses and "compensation for future services."
Members of the Staff Advisory Council, Faculty Senate and the state Legislature have cast a weary eye on merit-based pay in the past, preferring that raises and bonuses be distributed to all UA employees.
Regents will continue a discussion on coaches' salaries and improving academic performance for student-athletes when they look at the Knight Commission Report this morning.
The report focuses on the effects of corporate sponsorship of college athletics, favors decreasing salaries for coaches who make top dollar and suggests more rigorous academic standards for athletes.
Regents will also take a first look at setting tuition for next year at today's meeting.
Though the Regents will not set tuition until a meeting April 25-26 at Northern Arizona University, they will decide today when to hold public hearings on tuition where members of the UA community can offer their suggestions. A President Peter Likins will make a suggestion for next fall's tuition rate within the next few weeks, on a date designated by Regents today. Provost George Davis said he favors an in-state tuition hike of $1,500 over the next three years.
Denny Marta, a director of the student lobbyist group Arizona Students Association, said ASA would not support an increase in tuition because it would be unconstitutional under the Arizona Constitution, which states tuition must be as nearly free as possible.