ERIC Number: ED344563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-3
Reference Count: N/A
State University of New York: Faculty Utilization. Are Faculty Workloads Reasonable and Cost Effective?
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
A study was done of State University of New York (SUNY) faculty workloads in relation to administration efforts to deploy faculty in efficient and effective ways. Also evaluated were methods for ensuring that faculty are productive and minimum class enrollments. The study was conducted in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards and focused specifically on procedures for overseeing faculty activities, monitoring faculty deployment, and monitoring class size. The audit found that administration had not taken appropriate action to determine whether faculty members were preforming efficiently, that many SUNY campuses lacked formal courseload standards, and did ont require their faculty to complete annual performance plans and accomplishment summaries. In addition, as compared to a nationally prescribed course load standard of 9 to 12 hours in the classroom per week, in the Fall 1988 semester, 22 percent of SUNY's full-time faculty spent fewer than nine hours a week in the classroom. Examination of student/teacher ratios found wide variance from campus to campus and that these variances were neither monitored nor evaluated by SUNY Central Administration. In addition, most campuses were found to have no formal minimum enrollment standards. Tables and figures illustrate the report. An appendix contains the comments of SUNY officials who disagreed with the observations. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.