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Resource Analysis

Resource Analysis (academic units only)
In an effort to better inform faculty of the costs of curricular decisions at the unit level and stimulate faculty involvement and innovation, units are asked to reflect on the six year trends in each of the metrics identified below. Units should comment on the causes for the trends and any steps taken to alter or enhance those trends if deemed necessary. The data is available upon request from the Office of Institutional Analysis. The metrics requested are:
1. # of majors – undergraduate and graduate
2. # of minors
3. # of degrees awarded undergraduate and graduate, minors
4. Student Credit Hours (SCH) generated
5. # FTE Tenure Track (TT) faculty
6. # FTE full-time faculty (adds affiliates and visitors to TT)
7. % of SCH taught by Tenure Track (TT) faculty
8. % of SCH taught by Full-Time faculty
9. % of lower division SCH taught by Tenure Track (TT) faculty
10. Average teaching/workload (comparisons with University and College mean)
11. Average class size: Lower division, upper division and graduate
12. Cost per credit hour

Send the completed section of the Self-Study as a pdf directly to FSBC at fsbc@gvsu.edu  
The Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) will review this section and provide feedback to the unit. If you have any questions on this section, please contact Robert Hollister, Chair of FSBC, at hollistr@gvsu.edu  

To assist units with completing a meaningful analysis in an efficient manor FSBC has provided a MS Excel template which can be used to produce the requested graphs and an example:

  • MS Excel graph template (note in most cases the author can copy and paste the data supplied from Philip Batty [ battyp@gvsu.edu ] as a paste values into the Department Data worksheet and then graphs will automatically update; however if formatting changes then the links will need to be updated manually.  Do not feel obligated to use these graphs; in some cases alternative graphs may be more desirable particularly in units with multiple majors)
  • Resource Analysis example (the Biology Department provides their Analysis as an example.  Note the Biology Department chose to include some additional metrics to help explain the data.)

Future Planning
Materials to help Units when balancing quality instruction with cost can be found on the Office of the Provost’s webpage under Smart Growth.