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ERIC Number: ED418654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Workload Studies: Perspectives, Needs, and Future Directions. ERIC Digest.
Meyer, Katrina A.
This digest reviews the literature and discusses issues concerning college faculty workload. Trends in the United States which have created interest in faculty workload issues are identified including faltering state economies in the late 1980s and rising costs of higher education especially of personnel. Criticism of higher education by the business community and many legislators is also noted as contributing to interest in increasing faculty productivity. Reviews of studies on faculty workload suggest that faculty work long hours especially on teaching and teaching-related activities though time spent in the classroom is relatively small. A lack of studies examining productivity in faculty teaching and service is noted. Barriers which hamper finding solutions to the productivity problem are noted such as beliefs that teaching equates with lecturing and that faculty are responsible for all higher education's problems. The report urges a renewed focus on students' learning and alignment of institutional mission, the faculty reward structure, and public expectations. (DB)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: For the full report, see HE 031 184.