New Evaluation Standards and Assignments for Faculty

Another new initiative being pushed by the administration are new
Faculty Evaluation Standards. The proposed definitions for Outstanding,
Exceptional, Good, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory originally
included recommended percent distributions with, for example,
Outstanding as being awarded to only 10 percent of faculty. This
language has been removed but the implication remains clear: Chairs and
Deans are being encouraged, implicitly or explicitly, to raise the bar
on faculty evals. At the same time, Chairs are being encouraged to
change annual assignments to “better reflect what faculty are actually
doing”. Translation: You will be given a lower percent FTE for teaching
and more for research and service.