ERIC Number: ED356727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
An Agenda for Reshaping Faculty Productivity: State Policy and College Learning.
Heydinger, Richard B.; Simsek, Hasan
This publication, one of a series examining the issue of faculty workload and productivity, argues that the key to institutional change in higher education is the role of college faculty and offers recommendations for improving and measuring college faculty productivity. The paper begins with a conceptual model for discussing faculty productivity, both past and future, followed by a brief historical outline of the history of faculty productivity in American higher education. Examined are today's pressures on higher education and faculty productivity, as well as productivity comparisons in other occupations. The paper concludes with an eight-point agenda for reshaping faculty productivity. The recommendations cover (1) increasing the proportion of annual personal rewards while preserving academic freedom and tenure; (2) the development of clear productivity standards and accountability; (3) the retention of flexibility for faculty to set their own agenda; (4) the offering of incentives and rewards that reinforce institutional or departmental objectives; (5) integrated responsibility for managing both revenues and costs; empowerment of those assisting in executing the agenda; (6) the requirement to manage revenues, values, and outcomes of productivity, not just the costs or budget allocations; (7) empowerment of higher education's "customers"; and (8) the need to "manage" to institutional objectives and value creation, not to the regulation of faculty behavior. (Contains six references.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Models, Organizational Objectives, Productivity, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Influences, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
State Higher Education Executive Officer or ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Publication No. PS-92-3, $5.50 plus $2.50 postage and handling, prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Note: For related documents, see HE 026 384-386.