ERIC Number: ED122710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Staffing Units as a Measure of University Instructional Workload.
Wing, Kenneth E.
Comparative staffing units quantify the direct instructional, related instructional, and related professional activities of university instructional faculty members. This method measures estimated faculty input, rather than output, and offers a number of advantages over the more traditional workload measures of credit hours, student credit hours, student credit hours per full-time equivalent, and student/faculty ratios. Specific comparative staffing unit (CSU) values are assigned to each of the general activities in which the faculty member engages. Adjustments in CSU values recognize types of course, level of course, number of students per course, and whether courses are initial or repeat sections. Activities are measured on the basis of credit hours, contract hours, or number of students, as appropriate. Undergraduate advisees, committee assignments, and related professional activities also are specifically recognized and qualified as necessary and significant portions of the instructional workload. The comparative staffing unit method of analyzing faculty workload enables identification and quantification of significant activities in which university instructional faculty members are involved. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.