The employee must have, advanced, approval in writing from the Vice-President for Instruction and the President of the College.
Pursuing an advanced degree must be directly related to the employee’s field of instruction at the College.
An employee must have demonstrated commitment to the College through experience and performance.
The employee may be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and agree to remain with the College for a certain length of time after completing the degree.
The employee must provide evidence of the coursework completion and the degree awarded.
The degree must be conferred by an institution of higher education accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must be directly related to the employee’s field of instruction at the College.
During periods of limited budget availability or North Carolina General Assembly restrictions, the College may declare a moratorium on implementing pay increases for earned higher degrees with the provision that employees who otherwise qualify would receive their increase at the beginning of the next fiscal year after which funds become available. In such cases, no retroactive increase will be provided to compensate for the moratorium period.
Upon attaining an additional or higher degree, the salary increase will be implemented at the beginning of the next fiscal year contract period.
Employees who are candidates to receive an advanced degree must notify the Director of Human Resources by June 30 to be eligible to receive the salary increase at the next effective date.
Teaching In Multiple Disciplines − If a faculty member with a Master’s degree attains the necessary hours to be able to teach in an additional discipline over and above that for which they were hired, and teaches in the additional discipline, and has satisfied the requirements in the paragraph entitled, “Recognition of Advanced Degrees”, that faculty member will be eligible for additional monthly compensation as shown below.
In order to qualify for the additional compensation, the faculty member must receive at least eighteen (18) additional graduate credit hours above and beyond, and separate from, the original degree. If the faculty member is qualified to teach in two disciplines based on the hours within their original Master’s degree, or receives less than 18 additional graduate credit hours, they will not be eligible for the additional compensation.
Master’s plus 18 hours in a second field - $150