Faculty Productivity and Accountability
AS-2325-96/FA - May 9-10, 1996
RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate of the California State University receive the discussion paper, Public Higher Education and the Imperative of Productivity: The Voice of the Faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU thank the members of the Senate who have worked diligently to help frame the debate on this issue; and be it further
RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU receive the attached paper Faculty Productivity and Accountability as a basis for continued discussion of faculty roles and reward systems; and be it further
RESOLVED:That the Academic Senate CSU urge participants at meetings of the California State University and State University of New York faculty leadership in the summer of 1996 to use the attached paper Faculty Productivity and Accountability as a basis for continued discussion of productivity and related issues.
RATIONALE: The discussion on productivity is a critical one. Members of the Academic Senate CSU have worked with members of the Senate of the State University of New York and the unions for both university systems to help frame this debate in a manner that accurately reflects the reality of the university. In receiving the discussion paper, "Public Higher Education and the Imperative of Productivity: The Voice of the Faculty," we recognize and express our appreciation for this effort.
"Productivity" is increasingly raised as an issue in public higher education. It is important that faculty define productivity in relation to what faculty actually do, rather than merely in terms of such things as decreased costs with constant or increased outputs of student credit hours, or similar quantitative measures. The attached working paper, "Faculty Productivity and Accountability," proposes to frame the issues in such a way that faculty may be evaluated and rewarded more appropriately on the basis of what they accomplish both qualitatively and quantitatively in the course of their work as teachers, scholars, and contributors to both the university and the community and world beyond the academy.
APPROVED WITHOUT DISSENT -- May 9-10, 1996