ERIC Number: ED176706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Flexibility: The Glassboro State College Flexibility Index.
Tomei, Mario J.
The development of a staff flexibility index at Glassboro State College is presented. It was an outgrowth of retrenchment problems for tenured faculty. Institutional flexibility was defined as the continuing ability of the institution to implement new or modify existing programs, employing a rationale that sees the ability to employ new faculty or redirect present faculty to meet staffing requirements for planned program implementation and development. Projections of faculty for three sets of steady-state conditions--least optimistic, most likely, and most optimistic--were made for a five-year period. Factors that were necessary components of the index were identified and all factors were ranked in one of five categories and assigned a relative weight to reflect the potential flexibility each factor gave to the development of an overall renewal index. Budgetary factors were considered and applied to the analysis. Four implications of the project are outlined, including modification of existing reward structure to encourage voluntary reassignment and the establishment of funds for eight guest lecturers/artists in residence. Three tables outlining the factors under each of the steady-state conditions are included. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Flexibility Index; Glassboro State College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Northeastern Association for Institutional Research (Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1978); tables may not reproduce well due to light print of original