ERIC Number: ED209982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-22
Reference Count: 0
Enhancing the Quality of Teaching, Research, and Service at Mississippi State University.
McComas, James D.
Factors that influence the quality of higher education at Mississippi State University are considered. Quality in higher education is influenced by the background and competence of the faculty and staff, the kinds of students enrolled in programs, resources available, past history, and the current reputation of the university. Mississippi's system of reimbursement for a university's programs does not consider quality but is a credit driven formula. It is suggested that the board of trustees should alter the formula to acknowledge the time and effort faculty invest in doctoral programs. Efforts to increase institutional production of student credit hours, faculty loads, and credit hours per student could generate funds to support existing programs. Resources are needed to encourage innovation and promote enriching activities for students and faculty. Additional areas that pertain to educational quality include: improving the student advising system and increasing the kind and quality of interaction with students; increasing the use of library resources and making courses more challenging; encouraging alumni to be concerned about the university's academic programs; improving support services; promoting high institutional morale to create a positive climate for teaching, research, and service; defining/refining indices of quality in each discipline; and allowing for different kinds of expectations for departments. It is suggested that institutional quality and reputations are developed over a sustained period of time and that regional and national reputations are based on a university's programs in graduate education and research. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Ancillary School Services, Budgeting, College Environment, College Role, Educational Quality, Educational Resources, Evaluation Criteria, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Program Costs, Reputation, Research, Resource Allocation, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State.
Identifiers: Mississippi State University
Note: Paper presented at a Staff Development Conference for Mississippi State University Faculty (Lake Tiak O'Khata, Louisville, MS, August 22, 1981).