Western Illinois University (WIU) and the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI)2, established a unique and innovative points-based merit system during negotiations for a successor contract in 2007. The Professional Achievement Award (PAA)3 points system is an organizational reward system designed to offer monetary incentive for strong tenured/tenure-track faculty performance across the three areas of responsibility: Teaching/Primary Duties; Scholarly/Professional Activities; and Service Activities. The mechanism for obtaining this monetary reward is an objectively scored points system. Points accumulate across years of service until the faculty member exceeds a threshold of total number of points required to earn a PAA.

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