Virginia Tech to Reward Faculty For Promoting Diversity

September 4, 2006

The annual performance evaluations at Virginia Tech University will include a review of faculty members' activities to promote diversity on campus.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger outlined a plan Aug. 28 to add diversity to the criteria used in evaluating university instructors. Faculty will report any diversity-related activities, such as advising a minority student group or conducting community outreach programs, each spring on their annual activity report. Academic departments use these reports to provide merit pay increases...

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