Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Superbonuses" at Sciences Po

According to Médiapart, ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 euros, paid to 9 members of the executive committee. "We're not Goldman Sachs," said one.scholar. Indeed not. What was the basis of these "performance bonuses?" Just a few days ago Sciences po announced measures to further increase diversity in the student body--France's future leaders. A good thing. But this "bonus culture" seems rather alien to the spirit of academia.

5 comments:

DavidinParis said...

Well 100 000 euros is one hell of a bonus, but 10 000 is not necessarily out of line for academics elsewhere in the world (at least where academia is a meritocracy). Given the rigid pay scales in France, and the long lamented 'brain drain', I would think twice before supporting the grille de salaire fonctionnaire mentality to academia so reflexively. Some academics ARE better than other and should see some reflection of this in their pay.

Passerby said...

Based on the article quote above, it seems that the bonus wasn't a one-off merit payout to a few top-performing teachers.

This looks more like management giving itself a pat on the back for their hard work and cashing a few bucks at the same time.

Trisha Craig said...

It sounds like Sciences-Po, in its quest to build a more American style university (not a bad goal) is emulating one of the most pernicious, and in the long run ruinous, aspects of US institutions - the ascent of the overpaid administrators. Ben Ginsberg's recent book chronicling this trend, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters (OUP, 2011), is worth reading but maybe there is a similar study to be written for France - The Rise of the Bling-Bling University?

Stephen said...
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Stephen said...

Attempt two...

I am American, so not as shocked by this as many of my French friends.. knowing that even in state schools the salary get get pretty high. I really like Richie, I think recruiting on dossier instead of grades and the concours classic is generally a good thing. In particular la Cugéné is ridiculous. However, being a student at Sciences Po and paying the full 13.000 p/a, even if Descoigns is a great director, no one at that school deserves bonuses, it's such a mess...a lot of really bitter people, tuitions have been going up and contrary to the school's perception, not everyone there is a fils a papa

Also, Richie's Facebook status yesterday "ce monde est trop dur, je m'envole. Eu amo muito vocês !" Not sure that was the most appropriate thing to do, he got a lot of negative feed back (#OccupyLaPéniche). He also picked a fight last week Monique Canto-Sperber on Facebook.

If you're under 30 and somewhat important, you should really consult with someone about how you use social media...