An SIUC faculty blog, brought back to life by the Illinois funding crisis.
By the way, while I believe the administration has agreed to maintain the on-campus student to faculty ratio, there is still big debate about how to count off-campus students as we attempt to ramp up distance ed. If off-campus students don't count, then we'd bust open the old 26:1 student faculty ratio from the last contract.
If distance ed is overload, why should it count? Do they count summer courses in the ratio? Nice cartoon.
I don't know if it would or should count as an overload. But it obviously should count if it is on load.
If I am teaching as an overload (on top of my other semester teaching responsibilities), this affects my teaching load and my students' access to me. Overloads happen, but I would be very concerned if they become the norm -- an unofficial part of my regular load. So yes, the details of how DL affects the faculty-to-student ratio matters and needs to be carefully negotiated.
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