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ERIC Number: ED405780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 21
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Linking Instructional Productivity Measures and Fiscal Policy: Accountability in Higher Education.
Baldwin, Beatrice
This study examined the efforts of Southeastern Louisiana University, a mid-sized public university, to address demands for accountability and the need to generate and evaluate data linking instructional productivity, academic planning, and fiscal policymaking. The study reports the reactions of university administrators and academic leaders to the accountability framework developed by the university's office of institutional research. Two reporting systems were developed: a faculty workload accountability report and an academic productivity analysis. Reports included normative data from institutions participating in the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity. Additionally, a university strategic planing process was developed that requires academic units to report on progress toward strategic goals. Administrators generally found the reports were helpful in making resource allocation decisions. Department heads also had positive reactions and made suggestions regarding: (1) page layout of data elements; (2) a desire for normative data from a smaller subset of more comparable institutions; and (3) need to more adequately "credit" departments with external research/public service funds generated by faculty. Attached tables detail how academic productivity measures are used to support data for a budget planning report, and provide a sample faculty workload accountability report. Appended are prototypical planning and budgets documents, and a schedule for a resource allocation review. (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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