Planning for Higher Education Journal

Unbundling the Issue of Faculty Productivity

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From Volume 41 Number 2 | January–March 2013
By Robert C. Dickeson
Planning Types: Academic Planning

The issue of better measurement of faculty productivity is securing increasing attention from national and state sources. Most discussion of this important topic focuses solely on the instructional component of how faculty spend their time. Productivity, to be assessed more completely, needs to be unbundled into its three component parts: instruction, research, and service. In addition, productivity alone is inadequate as a measure of faculty outcomes; what is required is a coupling of output with quality indicators. This article disaggregates productivity into its three parts and suggests quality measures to provide a fuller explanation of institutional behavior.

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