The question of "who" is an important one when examining the merit issue. First, "who" gets the award; second, "who" decides and third, and perhaps most important, is "who" does not get an award. Obviously the "why" for each of these whos is critical, and this paper examines some of the underlying reasons why merit is an important tool in developing faculty evaluation systems in higher education.



merit pay, awards, competitive salaries, faculty evaluation

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