ACADEMIC PROGRAM INFORMATION

Five-year summaries of the declared majors for the entire student body as well as degrees granted are provided as an indication of student interest and demand for programs offered at UMM. Pie diagrams show the change in the pattern of declared majors of the student body between the spring of '00 and the spring of '04. The table showing student:faculty ratios also contains a column "FYE Students" which represents a student demand for the courses of that discipline. This statistic is determined by dividing the annual total student credit hours taught in a given discipline by the normal full-time credit load for a single student.

The student:faculty ratio table also indicates "FTE" faculty which is based upon the actual teaching loads of both the full- and part-time faculty in that discipline for the given year. The current student:faculty ratios are shown as well as the five-year average. Two related charts show the distribution of course enrollments expressed as "FYE" students among the four Divisions and the distribution of instructional resources expressed as "FTE" faculty among those same Divisions. The charts suggest a decade of substantial stability both in student demand and the allocation of faculty resources. An additional table is provided showing the annual total of student credit hours taught, total enrollment in all courses offered, number of upper and lower division classes (including multiple sections), and FTE faculty for each discipline. The data represent some of the more conventional indices of discipline teaching load.

One of the tables shows the comparison between faculty line items and full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions. The term "line" represents a permanent budgeted faculty position; with few exceptions they are tenure-track positions. During the past few years, UMM has shifted some civil service and faculty positions into the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff category. The FTE column prorates the equivalent of full-time teaching positions committed to instruction in that discipline. Temporary and part-time positions are added in proportion to the number of credits taught. Teaching faculty with administrative responsibilities have a portion of their position deducted in like fashion (Division Chairs and physical education staff with coaching responsibilities are examples).

The table showing faculty salaries includes nine- and ten-month faculty with full-time teaching responsibilities. Division Chairs and faculty members with primarily administrative responsibilities have been excluded. Ten-month salaries have been converted to show their nine-month equivalent. Finally, the percentage of the total faculty who are tenured, who are women, or who are minority members is shown. The final chart shows the change in the percentages of tenured faculty, women faculty, and minority faculty over the years.

Elaborate academic profile and planning data covering nearly every facet of faculty characteristics, salaries, student demand, work load, cost and productivity statistics are maintained. Most have been collected annually in a consistent fashion for more than a decade. In addition, University-wide information is available on many of these same characteristics provided by the central administration. The UMM Institutional Research Office is the best single source for this data.


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