Paying Faculty More to Teach Online at Colorado Mesa University

For institutions who struggle persuading their full-time instructors to start teaching online, one university found a creative solution.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Colorado Mesa University incentivizes their instructors based on the number of students and the total number of credits hours enrolled in their online courses. Even with enrollment caps in place on these courses to maintain a high standard of quality, faculty able to attract good numbers of students to these classes can make significantly more money than through a face-to-face course.

The takeaway? It’s important to think through all the unintended consequences of variable pay by modality, but this may be an effective carrot to dangle in front of your best faculty you’re hoping to help bring your institution online.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.