The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey was administered to faculty Spring 2017.  The final report is available for review.

During Fall 2018, a working group was convened to review the findings for full-time faculty. The results from the working group are posted.

Below are the key findings from the working group, organized by the survey's themes:

  • Themes A, B, C (Teaching, Scholarship, Service) - A high percentage of faculty rated all of these professional practices to be essential/very important (99.5%, 69.3%, 80.3%, respectively).
  • Theme D (Institutional Support and Resources) - The results indicated that Washburn University supports faculty development adequately and at higher levels than the comparison group institutions.
  • Theme E (Goals for Undergraduate Education) - Washburn faculty hold beliefs that it is essential/very important to prepare students for employment after college.
  • Theme F (Diversity) - Washburn faculty agreed strongly/agreed somewhat (96.0%) that a racially/ethnically diverse student body enhances the educational experience of all students.
  • Theme G (Satisfaction) - When asked if they were to begin their career again, would they still want to come to this institution, 84.5% of Washburn faculty responded definitely yes/probably yes, and this was significantly higher than the comparion institutions.
  • Theme H (Institutional Priorities) - Faculty report it is the highest priority/high priority of the university to facilitate student involvement in community service. Similarly, Washburn faculty report it is a priority to provide resources for faculty to engage in community-based teaching or research.
  • Theme I (Interaction with Students) - Washburn faculty more frequently advise student groups involved in service or volunteer work than comparison group institutions (64.4% vs. 57.2% and 58.0%, respectively).
  • Theme J (Habits of Mind) - A large percentage of Washburn faculty report encouraging the use of asking questions in class (98.3%), analyzing multiple sources of information before coming to a conclusion (94.0%), and evaluating the quality or reliability of information they receive (96.7%).
  • Theme K (Health and Wellness) - Faculty at Washburn, both men and women, tend either to be equal or slightly better than the comparison group institutions related to reported overall health and wellness.
  • Theme L (Relationship with Administration) - Washburn faculty were slightly higher in agreement than the comparison group institutions in regard to administrators considerating faculty concerns when making policy.

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