Incentive, reward, development, or welfare? revision of an integral grant program. (Case Study).Introduction
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ISU I-Shou University (Taiwan) ) has offered an internal grant program since the 1970s. The program has gone through several incarnations. Initially designed to aid ISU's transition from a normal school, focused primarily on teacher education, to a comprehensive university, the Summer Grant program originally emphasized stimulation of faculty research. In the 1980s, program goals expanded to include motivating development of external grant submissions.
Having traditionally been centrally administered, in 1994 the University Research Grant (URG URG Urgent
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URG University Research Glassware (Chapel Hill, NC) ) program was decentralized de·cen·tral·ize
v. de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing, de·cen·tral·iz·es
1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities. . Each of ISU's colleges--Applied Science and Technology, Art, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing--were allocated a portion of URG funds and empowered to develop and administer To give an oath, as to administer the oath of office to the president at the inauguration. To direct the transactions of business or government. Immigration laws are administered largely by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. their own URG program. The College of Arts and Sciences (GAS), by far the largest in the university, with 16 departments and 343 tenure-line faculty, devised four subprograms to distribute annual URG funding of approximately $220,000. These were the Senior Research Development and the Senior Grant Development programs, offering a maximum of $4,000 to be applied to either salary or other research expenses, the Junior Research Development program, offering a maximum of $3,000 for salary or other costs, and the Small Grant program, offering a maximum of $1,000 for research costs.
In its five years of operation, the 1994 GAS URG program spent over $1 million, attracted more than 500 proposals, and funded over 240 projects. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. faculty productivity reports, it supported development of hundreds of conference presentations, journal articles, books, and grant proposals. However, it also generated serious disagreements and problems including the following:
1. In the last three years of program operation, 40% of URG funds went to the same 11 faculty members.
2. Some departments participated more actively than others.
3. Non-participating departments and faculty members felt discriminated against and hopeless hopeless Terminal care Futile. See Medical futility. about obtaining URG funding.
4. Departments that were the most active in the program also experienced the largest number of rejections and, thus, were most vocal vo·cal
1. Of or relating to the voice.
2. Capable of emitting sound or speech.
pertaining to the voice. in their criticism of the program.
5. Faculty were critical of both departmental and college proposal review processes.
6. Controversy raged between bench scientists, who favored funding non-salary research costs only, and humanists
This is a partial list of famous humanists, including both secular and religious humanists.
A survey of tenure-line faculty, conducted during the 1998-1999 academic year, elicited e·lic·it
tr.v. e·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
a. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.
b. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.
2. 110 responses broadly representing GAS faculty by tenure status, gender, and length of time at ISU. Survey results indicated that, in general, faculty wanted the URG program to continue. The majority of respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy. agreed that the program should support development of pre-tenure faculty members' research programs (83%), support development of external grant proposals (58%), support good research that might not attract external funding (58%), and support experimental or innovative research (53%). Less than half thought that the URG program should reward successful performance (45%) or support reinvigoration of faculty research careers (44%). Respondents' comments overwhelmingly recommended improvement of the URG proposal review process.
The survey was followed by a faculty forum, which identified the following problems associated with the URG program:
(a) insufficient support of pre-tenure faculty, (b) inconsistent Reciprocally contradictory or repugnant.
Things are said to be inconsistent when they are contrary to each other to the extent that one implies the negation of the other. departmental evaluation processes, (c) discomfort Discomfort may refer to pain, an unpleasant sensation, or to suffering, an unpleasant feeling or emotion. with interdisciplinary in·ter·dis·ci·pli·nar·y
Of, relating to, or involving two or more academic disciplines that are usually considered distinct.
Adjective review of proposals at college level, (d) inconsistent and inequitable representation of departments in the college review process, (e) inappropriately heavy amount of work expected from members of the college proposal review committee, and (f) generation (by the URG application and evaluation process) of considerable faculty bitterness.
In the autumn of 1999, the Dean of the GAS convened a task force to review and revise the URG program. This task force was composed of three senior department chairs (representing humanities, social sciences, and science/mathematics), three tenured ten·ured
Having tenure: tenured civil servants; tenured faculty.
Adj. 1. tenured faculty, one pre-tenure faculty member, the Associate Dean of GAS, and the GAS Research Office Director. The dean advised members of the task force that program revision must comply with the general university requirements for college URG programs and that the program review should be viewed by GAS faculty as a fair process without self-interest self-in·ter·est
1. Selfish or excessive regard for one's personal advantage or interest.
2. Personal advantage or interest.
self . The task force's charge was to reconfigure To change the status of something. the URG program to better foster scholarship and grants among faculty, develop the next generation of faculty, and streamline the proposal evaluation process. The proposal for a revised program was to be completed by February February: see month. 2000.
Task Force Review
Program review began with data collection. The task force first looked at grant application and success rates by year of appointment, gender, departmental affiliation, and-category of research interests (e.g., humanities, social science, and science/mathematics). It considered the number of new faculty hires (rapidly increasing) and the issue of faculty retention. It collected information about departmental review and rating processes, faculty productivity (presentations, publications, and grants) resulting from URG support, and models for internal grant programs at other universities. This process identified some additional issues of concern.
1. With appointments at an all-time all-time
Exceeding all others up to the present time: an all-time speed skating record.
Informal high, and continued retirements and hiring projected, the URG program provided an important support for pre-tenure faculty development and retention. However, regular rejection of new faculty URG proposals sent an unfortunate message and alienated al·ien·ate
tr.v. al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing, al·ien·ates
1. To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange: alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions. new hires within the first few months of their appointments.
2. Departmental review committees were being asked to do contradictory tasks. On the one hand, they were expected to mentor Mentor, in Greek mythology
Mentor (mĕn`tər, –tôr'), in Greek mythology, friend of Odysseus and tutor of Telemachus. development of strong URG applications and advocate for funding of applications from their departments. On the other hand, they were instructed to rank URG proposals and justify rankings to the College proposal review committee.
3. Departmental proposal review processes varied widely, from one department that used a 12-member internal review committee, to a department whose chair reviewed and ranked proposals on his own. There was also the clear indication that departments strategized ranking of URG proposals to garner advantage with the college review committee.
4. The college review committee was routinely challenged by the need to compare requests for salary dollars and requests for research expenses--apples versus pears, as one task force member said.
5. Some departments were routinely represented on the college review committee, while other departments were almost never represented. This situation was perceived to give represented departments an advantage in the proposal review process.
In order to make the best use of time, the task force's very able chair directed members to first consider the needs of pre-tenure faculty members, then to focus on the needs of tenured faculty members, and finally to deal with program administration issues. At each of the task force's weekly meetings, the chair provided a graphical summary of decisions made in previous meetings and decisions yet to be made.
Task Force Consensus
The URG program (2000) that emerged from the task force's deliberations surprised all of its members. It includes both compromises and innovations designed to solve some of the problems encountered by the previous program (1994) and meet the goals set by the dean's charge. The reconfigured program includes four subprograms, namely, the New Faculty Initiative Grant (NFIG), the Pretenure Faculty Initiative Grant (PFIG PFIG Polymer Fiber-Image Guide ), the Summer Faculty Fellowship fellowship Graduate education A post-residency training period of 1–2 yrs in a subspecialty–eg, hand surgery, which allows a specialized physician to develop a particular expertise that may have a related subspecialty board; fellowship time is often (SFF (Small Form Factor) Refers to a device that is smaller than others in its field. For example, a miniature display on a cellphone is an SFF device because displays can be extremely large on monitors and TVs by comparison. See form factor. ), and the Faculty Research Award (FRA Fra: see Angelico, Fra; Bartolommeo di Pagholo del Fattorino, Fra; Fra Filippo Lippi under Lippi. ). See appendix for the summary of new programs, Figure 1 provides a comparison of old and new programs in the college. Overall, the new programs focus on developing and supporting faculty research careers. They virtually guarantee funding for new faculty members, but impose increasingly rigorous evaluation standards as faculty progress in their appointments at ISU. For continued eligibility, the new programs require faculty to have regular submissions of external grant proposals and to ensure serious consideration the prop osal writer must demonstrate continuous scholarly productivity. To reduce difficulty experienced by review committees in evaluating requests for salary, as opposed to requests for research costs, the new subprograms for tenured faculty separate the opportunity to compete for these types of support. In order to invest in a larger number of faculty projects and spread URG resources more equitably eq·ui·ta·ble
Marked by or having equity; just and impartial. See Synonyms at fair1.
[French équitable, from Old French, from equite, equity; see equity. throughout the college, funding levels were reduced and a sit-out introduced for the Summer Faculty Fellowship.
The reconfigured program was reviewed and approved by GAS and the University Research Council in March 2000. It was then introduced to GAS-faculty members, who submitted the first proposals for the four new subprograms in the autumn of the 2000-2001 academic year. Comparisons of the last year of the old (1994) program, with grants paid in FY 2001, and the new (2000) program, with grants paid in FY 2002, yield some intriguing in·trigue
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
2. A clandestine love affair.
v. information. As Table 1 indicates, there was a 17% net decrease in the number of applicants to the new program but the success rate of applicants increased.
Furthermore, as shown in Table 2, while. the percentage of applications from pre-tenure faculty members increased somewhat, the success rate for pre-tenure applications increased, while the success rate for tenured faculty members declined commensurately com·men·su·rate
1. Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
2. Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary commensurate with my performance.
Informal data provided by tenured faculty members suggests that senior faculty now feel that, grant amounts are so low that it is not worth their time to apply for a URG. The URG program is also increasingly viewed as being primarily appropriate for junior faculty members; thus, senior faculty--particularly people with significant external grant funding--recuse themselves from the program voluntarily.
One of the major goals of the task force was to reconfigure the URG program in such a way as to improve faculty morale morale,
n the mental state or condition as related to cheerfulness, confidence, and zeal. . It is apparent that the intentional in·ten·tion·al
1. Done deliberately; intended: an intentional slight. See Synonyms at voluntary.
2. Having to do with intention. reduction of award amounts and change of evaluation standards for pre-tenure awards, combined with the unintended decrease in the number of applications, increased overall success rates. Figures 3 and Figure 4 demonstrate departmental success rates. Thus, departments such as Biological Sciences and English 1. English - (Obsolete) The source code for a program, which may be in any language, as opposed to the linkable or executable binary produced from it by a compiler. The idea behind the term is that to a real hacker, a program written in his favourite programming language is , which had traditionally been the most active program participants and had the largest number of faculty members denied funding, enjoyed greater success and reported fewer complaints than at any time in the past.
Other elements of the new program that may help to improve faculty morale are related to program administration. The new program requires that pre-tenure faculty proposals be mentored within the department before they are submitted as meritorious mer·i·to·ri·ous
Deserving reward or praise; having merit.
[Middle English, from Latin merit to the college proposal review committee. Furthermore, departments are no longer expected to rank New Faculty Initiative Grants; thus, first- and second-year Adj. 1. second-year - used of the second year in United States high school or college; "the sophomore class"; "his sophomore year"
intermediate - lying between two extremes in time or space or state; "going from sitting to standing without faculty will not compete against each other for these awards. To increase the perception of fairness in program administration within and across departments, the new program also introduces changes in composition and operation of the college proposal review committee, requiring that departments not exceed their two-year terms of representation on the committee, and that committee members not be allowed to apply for URG grants.
The returns are not yet in on the GAS' new and improved URG program. With declining interest among senior faculty and barriers such as the sit-out for the senior salary program and the requirement that faculty submit external grant applications to maintain program eligibility, there may be too few applications for URG grants. In addition, with decreasing competition for URG grants, the quality of grant proposals may decline. The college has, however, recommended review of the program after five years of operation, which will create an opportunity to respond to inevitable changes.
Appendix University Research Grant Programs of the College of Arts and Sciences New Faculty Initiative Grant (NFIG) Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant (PFIG) Eligibility First- or second-year Eligibility Pre-tenure faculty tenure-track faculty who hold the members holding the terminal terminal degree in their discipline degree in their disciplines who A faculty member may receive this are in years 2-5 of service A grant only once. A faculty member may receive this grant only once. Costs supported Salary and/or Costs supported Salary and/or project expenses project expenses Award amount $2,500 Award amount $2,500 Criteria for funding All Criteria for funding Meritorious meritorious proposals will be proposals will be funded. Applicant funded. must demonstrate research/creative activity since appointment at ISU. Accountability Professional Outcome Accountability Professional Outcome Form required Form required Submission deadline I November Submission deadline I October Summer Faculty Fellowship (SFF) Faculty Research Award (FRA) Eligibility Pre-tenure faculty Eligibility Pre-tenure faculty members who have received both members who have received both NFIG and PFIG awards and submitted NFIG and PFIG awards and submitted an external grant proposal through an external grant proposal through the University Research Office the University Research Office and and Tenured faculty members Tenured faculty members Sit-out Faculty members who have External grant requirement After received an SFF may not apply for receiving two FRAs, or one FRA and the two fiscal years following one SFF, a faculty member must that award. submit an external grant proposal to be eligible for another FRA. Costs supported Salary only Costs supported Project expenses excluding faculty salary. Award amount $3,000 Award maximum $2,000 Criteria for funding Highest Criteria for funding Highest quality proposals will be funded. quality proposals will be funded. Submission deadline October I Submission deadline I October Accountability Professional Outcome Accountability Professional Outcome Form required Form required Note Applicants may apply Note Applicants may apply concurrently for a FRA is they meet concurrently for a SFF, if they the eligibility requirements for meet the eligibility that program. requirements for that program.
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Table 1 Comparison of URG Applications and Awards FY 2001 FY 2002 URG and Small URGs Grants 135 applicants 112 applicants 64 awards (47%) 87 awards (78%) Table 2 Awards by Faculty Tenure Status Faculty Pre-tenure Tenured FY01 Applicants 50% 50% FY01 Awards 53% 47% FY02 Applicants 52% 48% FY02 Awards 60% 40% Figure 1 Comparison of 1994 and 2000 College of Arts and Sciences URG Programs 1994 Sub-programs Junior Research Development Senior Research Development Senior Grant Development Small Grants Award amounts $3,000, junior Research Development $4,000, Senior Grants $1,000, Small Grants Sit-out None Required external grant After 3 RDA Ability to apply for None two awards for the same project Departments rank Junior and Senior URG grants proposals All meritorious proposals No from pre-tenure faculty funded. Joint proposals Junior and Senior URG grants College committee gives Junior and Senior URG grants feedback Repeated department Yes rep on college committee 2000 Sub-programs New Faculty Initiative Grant (NFIG) Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant (PFIG) Summer Faculty Fellowship (SFF) Faculty Research Award (FRA) Award amounts $2,500, NFIG and PFIG $3,000, SFF $2,000, FRA Sit-out Faculty members who receive SFF cannot apply again for two years. Required external grant After receiving NFIG and PFIG awards After receiving 2 FRAs or 1 FRA and 1 SFF Ability to apply for Applications may apply two awards for concurrently for FRA and SFF the same project Departments rank SFF and FRA grants only proposals All meritorious proposals NFIG and PFIG (although from pre-tenure faculty PFIG proposals must show funded. research/creative activity since ISU appointment) Joint proposals All grants, but with specific description & justification of each PI's contribution College committee gives Un-funded proposals only feedback Repeated department No rep on college committee
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