Teaching Faculty Participation in College/ University-Wide Institutional Research Projects
Hardy, James C., College Student Journal
Recent research conducted by Brandt (1998) indicates that a large number of Texas institutional research offices are understaffed to carry out all of the activities required to support the school's planning and evaluation efforts, Given the critical importance of the institutional research function and the current understaffing situation, this study was designed to determine if full-time instructional faculty were serving as primary investigators in college/university-wide institutional research projects. Fourteen out of the sixty-one surveyed institutions reported that at least one full-time instructional faculty member had recently spearheaded a college/university-wide institutional research project. Instructional faculty investigated a number of topics, including student satisfaction and student retention issues. Course load reductions were the most often cited form of participation incentive.
The standard criteria for faculty tenure is typically composed of three elements: a) teaching, b) scholarship and research, and c) service. Rickland, Kronenfeld, and Strickland (1993) provide a good description of the criteria and supporting evidence for criteria achievement. Evaluation of the teaching element frequently involves student evaluations of instruction, achievement of teaching awards, instructional evaluations from peers, letters from former students, and graduate student success indicators. Evidence of faculty involvement in scholarship and research activities often relates to external grant support generated; academic books written, peer-reviewed publications, scholarly presentations, and …
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Publication information: Article title: Teaching Faculty Participation in College/ University-Wide Institutional Research Projects. Contributors: Hardy, James C. - Author. Journal title: College Student Journal. Volume: 34. Issue: 4 Publication date: December 2000. Page number: 652. © 2009 Project Innovation (Alabama). COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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