ERIC Number: ED227812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Methodological Approach to Selective Cutbacks.
Belanger, Charles H.; Tremblay, Lise
AIR Professional File, n14 Fall-Win 1982-83.
Universite de Montreal has implemented a program review formula that is a standardized approach to relating program offerings, faculty resources, and institutional budgetary reduction requirements. The methodology was based on normalization of the number of credits that a unit is authorized to offer. For a typical degree program structure, the analytical scheme consisted of the following five steps: description of basic data, normalization of credit offerings, reduction of credits and full-time equivalents, verification of teaching resources vs. normalization, and recommendations. Information is provided on teaching resources, degree programs and their structures, and productivity factors related to instructional data. Attention was also directed to how the parameters used in the reduction formula related to one another and to other variables describing departmental teaching activities and how the level of proposed reduction related to these indicators of activities and resources. A second analysis of the reduction pattern determined whether a substantial reorganization of teaching had been occurring among units and across disciplinary lines. (SW)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Programs, Departments, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Workload, Financial Problems, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Productivity, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment
Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.
Identifiers: University of Montreal (Quebec)
Note: Adapted from a paper published in the "Canadian Journal of Higher Education."