ERIC Number: ED356728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Faculty Workload: State and System Perspectives. State Policy and College Learning.
Russell, Alene Bycer
This paper presents the results of a study on faculty workload undertaken by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) as part of its ongoing interest in issues of cost and productivity in higher education. The survey not only included responses from SHEEO members in the 50 states, but also from multi-institutional system governing boards, including community college boards, for a total of 71 responses. The paper is organized into four sections. The first section summarizes national survey data on faculty workload and opinions about teaching/research issues. The second section explores state- and system-level issues and priorities and places faculty issues into this broader context. The third section examines the actions of SHEEO agencies, system-level boards, and state legislatures in setting policies and standards regarding several faculty issues, namely: (1) the number and types of faculty; (2) workload; (3) tenure and evaluation; (4) compensation; and (5) use of part-time faculty. The final section focuses on data collection and analysis efforts, exploring the kinds of efforts being made, how data are used and future needs and expectations. Appendix A describes the survey methodology and includes a description of the sample and response rates for various sub-samples. Appendix B contains the survey instrument, and Appendix C consists of supplementary tables. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Compensation (Remuneration), Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Governance, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Policy Formation, Productivity, Program Development, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Tenure, Universities
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; 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 026 383-386.