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ERIC Number: ED464691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 45
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The Reduction of Faculty Reassigned Time as a Community College Cost Containment Initiative: A Case Study of the Maricopa County Community College District.
Petrowsky, Michael C.
This paper argues that community colleges can contain costs by reducing faculty reassigned time, defined as a conscious or deliberate management action, either discretionary or mandated, that releases full-time faculty from teaching duties in order to perform other tasks. According to the paper, standard financial accounting systems have a difficult time tracking the use of reassigned time, and when it is tracked, the dollar figures are often misleading. The course that the reassigned full-time faculty member teaches is usually given to part-time faculty, and the costs are shown under separate budgets for part-time faculty. The cost of reassigned time is valued at this rate, rather than at a rate that utilizes what economists call opportunity costs. This conception refers to the value or benefit that is given up by choosing one alternative over another. The author used Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) in Arizona for this case study. He found that 439 (41.37%) of 1,061 full-time faculty in the 10-member college district had a total of 2,134 hours of released time. This study estimates that the opportunity costs of released time for the MCCCD 1999-2000 academic year were more than $10 million. (Contains 15 references and 7 tables.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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