ERIC Number: ED457732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Policies and Practices: Results from the 1999 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:99), Institution Survey. Statistical Analysis Report.
Berger, Andrea; Kirshstein, Rita; Rowe, Elizabeth
This report presents findings from the "Institution Survey" of the 1999 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF). Institutions were asked about their policies and practices related to faculty as of fall 1998. The distribution of faculty across U.S. degree-granting postsecondary institutions reflects the diversity of postsecondary education in the United States. A large proportion of all faculty, about two-fifths, worked part time, and at two-year institutions, almost two-thirds of the faculty held part-time appointments. Full-time faculty were responsible for teaching most of the undergraduate credit hours (71%), and public research institutions assigned more undergraduate credit hours to teaching assistance than any other institution type (14%). Survey results indicate that most institutions have policies for evaluating the quality of faculty instruction, and most institutions had tenure systems in place in fall 1998. As of fall 1998, 48% of all faculty had tenure at their institutions, and 19% of the remaining faculty were on tenure track. About two-fifths of institutions experienced average growth of 20% in the size of their faculty, and other two-fifths experienced no change in the number of full-time faculty from fall 1993 to fall 1998. Survey results also show that, as part of compensation packages, institutions supported a variety of benefits for their faculty in fall 1998. Many institutions provided benefits for part-time faculty, but in almost every case, the benefit was less commonly offered to part-time faculty, or the eligibility requirements were more stringent. The final chapter summarizes the characteristics of institutions of higher education by the type of institution. Three appendixes contain technical notes, a glossary, and standard error tables. (Contains 17 figures and 38 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Surveys, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Salaries
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.