Nuts and Bolts

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My alma mater is getting a new stadium.

It’s the house that Edwin Jackson Kyle built, but the future home for Texas A&M football is all about the Aggie family chipping in—from the financial support of the $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field to the actual construction of the facility that will change the landscape of the A&M campus forever.

via AggieAthletics.com.

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Offering Financial Incentives to Faculty for Teaching Better

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My university, Texas A&M has floated an interesting (and controversial) proposal for bettering teaching standards – by offering a $10,000 bonus to faculty receiving favorable student evaluations. As expected, there is much consternation and the reality on the ground is that only 300 of more than 2,000 faculty members have opted in the ‘program’.

Matthew Yglesias
while understanding that this might not be the best way to better teaching standards, agrees that “financial payoff to effective instruction might be reasonable” but we need to measure that “effective instruction” in a better manner. Measurement issues in a clearly qualitative environment (quality of teaching) is always going to be an issue that no bonus however high is going to solve. The first question ought to be how much really do you enjoy and want to teach as opposed to doing research. Those who love teaching will always do a good job; $10,000 incentive or not.