“This is customer satisfaction….It doesn’t have to do with tenure, promotion, status. It has to do with students’ having the opportunity to recognize good teachers and reward them with some money.”

— Michael D. McKinney, Texas A&M Chancellor, on a scheme to award faculty bonuses based on their performance on TAMU student course evaluations.

It’s interesting that the chatter on the topic has focused on whether this approach accurately identifies ‘good’ teachers, rather than the even more interesting question of whether simply doling out financial rewards for good teaching will have any of the desired effects (rewarding good teaching, promoting good teaching, etc.)