ERIC Number: ED411740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Restructuring the University Reward System.
Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.
This report presents the results of two years of work by a 12-member task force which surveyed faculty and administrators at 51 universities regarding their opinions about the importance and stature of teaching as the central role of the university. Over 800 questionnaires were returned, with one from the provost at each institution and the rest from randomly selected faculty. The institutions were selected from those having membership in the National Association of State universities and Land-Grant Colleges and in the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges. The survey found that while the majority of respondents had gained rank and tenure, they considered the system of faculty rewards to be in need of change. There was general agreement that faculty were under pressure to do research and to publish in refereed academic journals in order to gain tenure and promotions. It was felt that there was less emphasis on excellence in teaching and professional service as the basis for earning rewards. Generally, it was seen that new tenure, promotion, and merit models must be developed and implemented. Appendices include a description of the Richardson Foundation Forum, a description of the Restructuring Task Force, and an explanation of the Differentiated Staffing Model. (JLS)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Incentives, Models, Publish or Perish Issue, Research, Rewards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Tenure, Universities
Sid W. Richardson Foundation, 309 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102; phone: 817-336-0494; fax: 817-332-2176.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.