ERIC Number: ED353907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Faculty Workload Policies and Faculty Workloads at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Report of the Select Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. Senate No. 1785.
Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston. Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.
This Massachusetts Senate committee study examined the current policies and procedures used by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMA) to monitor, manage, and report on the activities of its faculty, in particular its faculty workload. The study had originally intended to analyze faculty workload in terms of instruction (teaching), research, and public service. Due to insufficient reporting systems on faculty activity, an examination of instructional activities alone was conducted and from this inferences relative to other duties were drawn. The study found that state appropriations to the university had been drastically reduced and that lost revenues had been replaced in part by the university through substantial increases in student tuition and fees; that faculty contact with students in traditional classroom settings appeared to have increased between academic years 1988-89 and 1991-92 despite reductions in the faculty workforce and enrollment; that the faculty at UMA spent between 29 and 98 percent of their work week on teaching activities; and that current faculty workload reporting systems at the University do not adequately report faculty activities especially those related to the research and public service mission of UMA. The report includes recommendations which focus on formalizing faculty workload policies. Appendixes contain information on instructional resources, recent faculty activity assessments, student faculty ratios, faculty contact hours, and a response from UMA. (JB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston. Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.