ERIC Number: ED180376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Activity Assignment Versus Faculty Effort.
Coleman, D. R.; Peeples, T. O.
The use of faculty activity data in higher education is discussed and the issue of whether the chairperson or the faculty member's estimates of how time was spent should determine resource expenditures is addressed. A historical review indicates that this type of data has been a concern of higher education for the past three decades. This information has been used to assure equity of teaching loads, justify budget requests, and identify staff needs. The topic of faculty workload and the reporting of faculty effort has received growing attention with the advent of detailed cost studies, cost allocation resource models, and collective bargaining. Numerous problems inherent in the collecting and reporting of faculty activity data are discussed. It is suggested that one of the decisions university administrators must make is whether faculty assignment data or faculty-reported data should be utilized. A study conducted at Florida Technological University revealed a high degree of similarity between assigned and reported faculty activity data. The results indicate that in general faculty report a smaller proportion of their effort is spent on scheduled instructional activities than has been assigned and more on the noninstructional activities. Cost analysis outputs may be somewhat different depending upon whether assigned or reported activity data are used. It is suggested that the difference associated with the two methods would tend to decrease the instructional costs and increase the community service and noninstructional costs if faculty data were utilized. (SF)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Instructional Student Costs, Noninstructional Responsibility, Noninstructional Student Costs, Resource Allocation, Staff Utilization, Teaching Assignment, Teaching Load
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida Technological University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Florida Statewide Conference on Institutional Research (11th, Orlando, Fl, June 1978)