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ERIC Number: ED454750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 36
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Facing the Inevitable: Adjuncts and Graduate Assistants Replace Rank Faculty in Undergraduate Instruction.
Micceri, Ted
Reflecting the national trend toward less costly undergraduate education, ranked college faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) have generated steadily decreasing portions of total university instructional full-time equivalence (FTE), going from 72% in 1983 to 57% in 1994, while less costly graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and adjuncts have replaced them. If this trend continues, by the year 2027, ranked faculty will generate less than 5% of USF's instructional FTE. Increasing graduate enrollment puts pressure on faculty to serve these students even as it makes more GTAs available to teach undergraduates. Both adjuncts and GTAs cost considerably less than ranked faculty. Although distance education and technology-mediated instruction may reduce these effects, it is still expected that ranked faculty will play an increasingly smaller role in undergraduate education. USF should put first priority for the use of Associate and Full professors as teachers at the graduate and upper level undergraduate courses. It is worthwhile to consider GTAs as valuable resources, especially because many eventually become adjuncts. USF may want to consider multiyear, no tenure contracts to strengthen adjunct positions. (Contains 14 figures and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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