ERIC Number: ED095733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-24
Reference Count: N/A
University of Minnesota Faculty Participation in the University Without Walls.
Johnson, Jeffrey N.
This study offers a preliminary description of the faculty members at the University of Minnesota who have worked with University Without Walls (UWW) students outside of the conventional classroom setting. The American Council on Education Faculty questionnaire was sent to 141 university faculty members; 53 percent responded. Findings indicated: (1) University faculty participants in UWW are likely to be of senior rank. (2) On other demographic variables, UWW faculty do not differ significantly from the university faculty at large. (3) UWW faculty participants express greater interest in teaching than research, and the majority feel that a faculty member's teaching effectiveness, not publications, should be the primary criterion for promotion and tenure. (4) Only 10 percent of the faculty prefer to rely only on the UWW model of one-to-one advising of the sort provided in UWW; most prefer a combination of teacher-student patterns of interactions. (5) The majority of respondents are in agreement with UWW's goals of helping students to learn how to learn and to achieve a liberal education. (6) The majority of respondents worked with more than one UWW student, and there is a tendency for individual university faculty members to be repeatedly contacted for service in UWW. Additional findings and conclusions are given. (MJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: University Without Walls, Minneapolis, MN.