ERIC Number: ED165536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Education at the University: A Low Priority.
This paper reviewed several sources of data on the University of California systemwide and the Berkeley campus concerning allocation of faculty contact hours and faculty teaching energies generally, by the level of student. By several different measures, faculty energy and effort devoted to undergraduate teaching appear to have declined substantially during the 1960-70 period. More recently, despite a declining proportion of graduate students over the last decade, faculty contact hours at the undergraduate level have declined even further. A systemwide effort beginning in academic year 1969-70 to redress the perceived imbalance had little apparent immediate impact and negligible long-term effects. A second type of analysis seemed to suggest that upward shifts in undergraduate interest/demand patterns at Berkeley, whether short-term or long-term, are accorded a fairly low priority in the allocation of temporary and permanent instructional resources. Temporary instructional resources are considered to be visiting professors, instructors, lecturers, and associates. It appeared that decisions to allocate temporary instructional resources were based heavily on programmatic rather than workload considerations. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Identifiers: California University System; University of California Berkeley
Note: Draft for discussion, not an official position