Goodbye step increases.
Nevada’s community colleges will throw out their existing framework for awarding employee raises based on education and experience, replacing it with a merit pay system next year. The state’s four-year institutions also plan to restart merit pay raises frozen since 2009 because of budget cuts.
“I think this is just a matter of changes in the way colleges and higher education are run and bringing faculty at community colleges more in line with (four-year) college and university faculty,” Daniel Klaich, chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education, said of the new community college merit pay system.
Beginning next fiscal year — July 1, 2014 — both the community colleges and the four-year institutions will use merit pay systems for faculty and administrative faculty. State lawmakers this year approved more than $7 million in funding for merit pay.