OREM — Utah Valley State College is increasing pay for some of its salaried faculty who teach during the summer.

The new policy goes into effect Wednesday, when the first session of summer classes begin at the college.

The action is meant to help meet the needs of summer enrollment growth, which could be up by about 1,000 students if previous years' pattern of numbers continue.

"We're in strong growth mode. And our summer compensation hasn't kept up with that growth," said Loretta Palmer, UVSC associate vice president of academic affairs.

Palmer presented the proposal to the UVSC board of trustees during a noon meeting Monday. The trustees approved it unanimously.

In general, the old policy included paying summer professors 14.2 percent of their salary.

The new policy includes determining the summer salary by taking 3 percent of the average campuswide tenure-track faculty salary ($58,667) for a total of $1,760 per credit hour. Added to this is the 2 percent increase from the Legislature for a total of $1,795 per credit hour for summer teaching, according to UVSC officials.

"It will now be a standardized amount," said Linda Makin, UVSC director of budgets. "This is essentially an increase for a number of faculty."

If a salaried faculty member was making more than what the new policy would give them, they will receive the higher pay. This applies only if they have taught two of the past three summers at UVSC, however.

In their vote Monday, the trustees also approved revisions to the process of summer teaching assignments. This is basically the same as the old policy but includes the statement: "Faculty members may request summer teaching assignments in the annual planning of workload with their department chair, but teaching during summer term is not a faculty right and cannot be guaranteed."

The summer pay increase will cost UVSC $67,000 for the 2008-09 school year while the grandfathered salaries will cost the college $28,472 for the school year.

A third segment of funding, $102,000, is budgeted to upgrade salaries for a group of faculty who were teaching last summer at adjunct faculty rates and should have been paid as tenured-track. Because of student need, these professors actually taught classes last summer at a lower salary since funding just wasn't available.

"Basically, this is creating equity," Makin said.

Adjunct professors aren't directly affected by the newly implemented summer school pay policy. They are receiving a separate salary increase of 5.95 percent in order to become more comparable with other higher education institutions.

The college's action Monday is in preparation for predicted enrollment increases. This summer's enrollment at UVSC won't be tallied until the end of August.

UVSC's summer enrollment for 2007 was 8,044. The college's summer enrollment for 2006 was 7,074.

Fall 2007 enrollment at UVSC was 23,840. That is up from fall 2006, which was 23,305.

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