ERIC Number: ED415811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-6
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The Measure of Professorial Productivity: Using Student Learning Outcomes Criteria. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Bock, Marianne T.
This paper considers the viability and applicability of student learning outcomes used as a measure of professorial productivity. While student learning outcomes need to be assessed in order to evaluate faculty productivity, examination of student learning as a concept reveals the difficulty of finding consensus on how to define it. The issue is further complicated by the challenge of how to best educate a diverse student body, as well as by factors that affect the campus environment, such as alcohol abuse, violence, racism, and sexism. Another variable affecting learning outcomes is students' willingness to take responsibility for their own learning. And while faculty involvement in research and writing stimulates classroom intellectual climate, students learn as a result of all types of faculty activity--advising, new teaching technologies, or faculty involvement in campus concerns, and it is difficult to evaluate faculty on the basis of all these components. The paper concludes that appropriate assessment methods are needed, and that student learning outcomes should not be the only basis upon which colleges base faculty rank, tenure, or promotion. Student learning outcomes need to be institution-specific, and internal assessment mechanisms must be established to measure them. (Contains 27 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Noninstructional Responsibility, Productivity, Research, Scholarship, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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