ERIC Number: ED356729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study of Faculty Workload Issues in Arizona: Implications for State Higher Education Policy.
Jordan, Stephen M.; Layzell, Daniel T.
This study examined college faculty workloads within the context of accountability. The report first provides an overview of the current structure of faculty workload; second, presents the findings of one specific faculty teaching and workload study conducted in Arizona; third, discusses the implications for higher education policy derived from the Arizona case study; and fourth, suggests some incentives for changing faculty workload. The Arizona study of 2,580 full-time faculty showed that ranked faculty generally taught at the upper and graduate course levels, and that, due to this distribution, other teaching personnel such as graduate assistants and adjunct faculty spend proportionately more time overall in regular scheduled classes than do ranked faculty. Study findings indicated that faculty worked an average of 56.3 hours per week; that instruction and class preparation constituted just under 50 percent of faculty workload; and that research and creative activity occupied one-third of faculty time, institutional service and administrative duties, 14 percent, and public service, 6 percent. The implications of these findings are discussed within the context of the institution's role and mission, budgetary efficiency, quality and access, and governance. The paper concludes with a brief examination of faculty workload and state-level financial support. Contains 17 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Case Studies, College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Financial Support, Governance, Higher Education, Incentives, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, State Aid, Tenure, Universities
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Publication Type: 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.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona