ERIC Number: ED232572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Utilization of Institutional Research Data in 1982 Higher Education Faculty Litigation. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Batson, Steve W.
The types and number of faculty cases litigated and reported at state and federal levels for the 1982 calendar year were examined. Each of 48 cases was reviewed for the basic facts, the underlying legal rationale, the data requirements, and the decision of the court. Categories of cases and the associated data needs were developed. From these categorical data summaries, suggested institutional research databases and studies were formulated as advanced planning mechanisms. Based on the 1982 cases, it is concluded that most cases were brought to court by nontenured males at graduate-level institutions and that the courts held for the institutions in a majority of these cases. It is recommended that that a current and extensive faculty database is essential for avoiding or successfully surviving litigation. Initial employment data, salary and promotion histories, and workload data are important components that should be carefully monitored. Institutional researchers, in cooperation with administrators, should design studies to periodically compare salaries, raises, promotions, and tenure achievement by sex, race, age, and organizational units in order to keep administrators informed of potential trouble areas. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, Court Litigation, Databases, Employment Statistics, Evaluation Needs, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Systems, Institutional Research, Legal Responsibility, Personnel Management, Research Needs, Research Utilization
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).