2.8 The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the
mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of each of
its academic programs.
Upon application for candidacy, an applicant institution demonstrates
that it meets the comprehensive standard for faculty qualifications.
Findings of the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee
The University of New Orleans provided definitions of full-time faculty and full-time faculty ranks. UNO also provided information on faculty workloads and the role of faculty in the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. Various metrics are offered to demonstrate that the number of full-time faculty is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality of its academic programs. Student-to-faculty ratios are provided for the institution as a whole; peer institution comparisons are provided to show that these ratios are appropriate. The percentage of full-time faculty at the institution is 70 percent. Student-to-faculty ratios for departments are also presented as is information on the use of full-time faculty overloads to staff classes (less than 10 percent of faculty; no more than one class per term). Class size studies indicate that 60 percent of classes have enrollments of fewer than 30 students, 15 percent of classes have enrollments of greater than 50 students with only three percent of classes having enrollments more than 100 students. Comparisons of fall 2004 to fall 2013 indicate that the student-to-faculty ratios of 57 percent of the university’s departments has remained the same or decreased over time. The university indicates that it considers enrollment data, recommendations from external academic program review, and vacated faculty positions in determining the need for new faculty hires.
However, information is not provided on full-time faculty percentages by department or degree program. Additionally, the report does not disaggregate by location or modality of instruction.
Response and Actions Taken
As requested, additional information is provided on full-time percentages by department and degree program. Also, information is provided by location and modality of instruction.
Table 1 identifies all full time faculty members by degree program. Faculty members were identified based on possessing the appropriate academic credentials and skills to teach a given discipline at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Thus, some faculty are listed for more than one program (e.g., B.A. in English, M.A. in English) if they hold the appropriate level of degree.
Table 2 provides an analysis of faculty to student ratio for all academic degree programs for the Fall 2013 semester with the exception of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). Note that ratios vary from a high of 1/44 to a low of 1/0.4. No calculation is provided for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies since this degree involves instruction by multiple faculty members from all five academic colleges, based on the specific coursework selected by an individual student.
Table 3 identifies the percentage of student credit hours (SCH) taught by full time faculty by department at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Note that the percentage of undergraduate SCHs taught by full time faculty ranges from 21 to 100. The lowest percentages of SCHs taught by full time faculty are associated with departments that support a doctoral program of study (Psychology, Economics/Finance, Curriculum & Instruction, Urban Studies). These departments employ doctoral students as part time faculty to teach lower level undergraduate courses which are often associated with a higher number of SCHs. The percentage of graduate SCHs taught by full time faculty ranges from 17 to 100. The lowest percentage is associated with the Engineering Management program which utilizes a greater percentage of part time faculty.
Table 4 provides a comparison of student credit hours (SCH) taught by full time faculty by modality and location. Distance education courses include courses taught in three formats: synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid. Credit hours included in the calculation represent all coursework offered in a distance format, whether offered as part of a traditional program or as part of an online program of study. UNO only offers a small number of programs currently that are fully online (B.A. Philosophy, BIS Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A. Romance Languages, M.S. Hospitality and Tourism). Departments offering these programs utilize the same faculty to offer both the online and campus-based programs of study.
In terms of location, UNO only offered coursework in 2013-14 at one off-site location, the Jefferson Center. At no time was an entire program of study offered at this location. Rather, specific courses were offered based on providing a more convenient location in suburban New Orleans. As of academic year 2014-15, the Jefferson Center is no longer used as a site for credit or non-credit coursework. (Substantive Change Letter)