Recommendations on faculty evaluation procedures at state regents institutions were endorsed by the Kansas University Senate Executive Committee on Friday.
The faculty evaluation recommendations, developed by a Kansas Board of Regents task force, are designed to help institutions determine merit pay increases for faculty and also help regents determine faculty levels at the state schools.
The task force included administrators, students and faculty from regents schools.
SenEx, during its meeting Friday afternoon, endorsed the three recommendations contained in the task force's report, which will be sent to the regents to consider at their March meeting.
The recommendations are:
Each department or academic unit develop and record evaluation criteria, procedures and instruments in determining faculty pay increases.
Each university develop and implement a plan to supplement its annual faculty evaluation system. The plan should include strategies for training departmental chairs and graduate assistants.
The formation of a systemwide Technical Advisory Committee on Faculty Evaluation, which will respond to requests for assistance from regents universities in identifying and implementing student rating systems for faculty in each institution.
SenEx unanimously endorsed the first and third recommendations as written, but added the stipulation to the second that university governance be involved with the formation of its faculty evaluation plan.
SenEx members said the role of university governance in this area was important to ensure fairness in the development of the plan.
The plan will be sent to KU's University Council for discussion and possible endorsement when it meets at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Frances Ingemann, chair of the KU linguistics department and presiding officer of SenEx, said she believes the regents would approve the report at their March meeting.
"I think there is a strong possiblility that they will accept this unless there is a strong protest," she said.
The objective of the report is to recognize that the education of students is the highest priority of the regents schools, to involve faculty in their evaluation performance and to link evaluation to support for growth, it says.