Survey on Distance Faculty
Compensation and Incentives Models

Endorsed by the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN),
 the Instructional Telecommunications Council (ITC),
the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET), and
the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

This survey is intended to assess current practices and models for faculty compensation and incentives for participating in a distance learning program or initiative.  Participation in this survey is voluntary.  Completing and submitting this survey will serve as "implied consent" that the information provided can be used by the researchers.  In addition, your participation will be anonymous, unless you provide your e-mail address and the name of your institution indicating you would like to receive a report from the survey.  If you do provide information about your identity and your institution, neither will be directly identified in any report from this study.  Only aggregate information from the survey items will be reported.  Questions about your rights as a participant in this study may be directed to Ms. Ruth Smith, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Institutional Review Board, Temple University, N. Broad Street and Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, phone (215-707-3249).


Please complete this survey to the best of your knowledge.  We recognize that in some instances there may be multiple agents within a University or College who are responsible for distance learning activities.  If there are other people in your institution who deal with distance learning policies, please forward this URL (http://isc.temple.edu/schifter/survey/distance_survey_r2.htm) to their attention so their information can be included in this survey.  

For the purposes of this study, distance education is considered to be any form of teaching and learning that occurs totally through technology mediated communication.  What is NOT included are correspondence courses, courses where faculty drive to a remote site, and courses where faculty meet students face-to-face at any time during the course.  Please keep this definition in mind as you complete this survey.

Demographic Information:

1.  Please indicate the following about you and your institution:

    What is your position relating to distance education at your college or university? 
        

    What type of institution is your college or university?  (please check all that apply.)

    Public           Private           2 year           Liberal Arts

             4 year Research I           4 year Research II  

    Where are you located (city, state)? 

    Approximate # of Total Annual Student FTEs at your institution  

     Approximate # of Total Distance Annual Enrollments or FTEs at your institution

     Approximate # of enrollments only in distance courses

    The faculty is unionized.    Yes             No

    Is participation in distance education applicable toward Promotion & Tenure?   Yes       No        Does not apply   
        If so, please explain how.  The line will scroll to the right.
 

    Is participation in distance education applicable toward Merit Pay?  Yes       No   

    The faculty who teach our distance education courses are (please check all that apply):

      full time faculty   what percentage? 
      adjunct or part time faculty    what percentage? 
      graduate students   what percentage? 
      other, please explain.  Line will scroll right. 

    Distance education is considered to be (please check all that apply):
       part of regular departmental offerings
       a separate entity administratively
       a separate entity operationally
       and /for coupled with Continuing Education
       other, please explain.  Line will scroll to right. 

    How long has your institution been offering distance education options, other than print-based, for students?

    within the last 5 years        between 5 - 10 years        over 10 years 

2.  Which of the following delivery methods are used by your institution for distance education courses?   Please check all that apply.

Delivery Methods

Alone With a listserv With chat  With White Board With Web Course Management Application
Internet/Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Satellite Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Videotape Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audiotape Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CD ROM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PBS Telecourse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ITV/Videoconferencing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Telecourse/videotape Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

  If other, please elaborate.  Line will scroll right.  

3.  For Internet/WWW courses and courses that use a web based course management tool to support teaching and learning, which of the following distance learning course management tools do you use?      Please check all that apply.

    WebCT               FirstClass              TopClass              Blackboard 
    EmbaNet             Proprietary to your school              FrontPage 
    Other management software/system
    Our faculty create their pages with web editing software or HTML directly.

4.  Do you have an explicit policy on Intellectual Property regarding distance education courses?    Yes     No
    If so, could you please explain it? 


For DEVELOPING a distance/distributed education course, please indicate whether the following practices are used at your institution, in terms of overall frequency of use. (O=Often, S=Sometimes, N=Never)  (We acknowledge that each institution may have variations in policies from time to time and are only asking for general policies and practices.)

1.  Funds are made available to departments to offset development expenses for:

    Faculty release time        O      S      N

    Faculty overload pay       O      S      N  
        If you pay overload, what is the range of payment? (i.e.,  $1200/course)  
        Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
     

    Under what conditions do faculty earn overload pay? (i.e., different pay/faculty appointment).  
    Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right. 
    

    Computer equipment purchased for distance faculty     Y        N  

    Software purchased for distance faculty                          Y        N 

    Internet Service Provider costs                                        Y        N 

    Costs for campus service units to develop the course     Y        N 

    Graduate student assistants (i.e., GAs)                            Y         N 

    Under what conditions are GAs assigned?
    Please use as much room as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
    

2.  Funds to cover expenses above in #1 come from (please check all that apply):
    a central pool            funds generated from course  tuition  
    Student Technology Fee               an earmarked Technology Fund  
    or other sources  

3.  In addition, funds are available to cover:

    Faculty travel                                                                  Y        N 

    National conference fees                                                Y       N 

    A discretionary account for faculty use
             as needed without stipulations on usage              Y       N 

    Other 


For TEACHING a distance/distributed education course, please indicate whether the following practices are used at your institution, in terms of overall frequency of use. (O=Often, S=Sometimes, N=Never)  (We acknowledge that each institution may have variations in policies from time to time and are only asking for general policies and practices.)

1.  Funds are made available to departments offset teaching expenses through:

     Faculty release time        O      S      N

     Faculty overload pay       O      S      N  
     If you pay overload, what is the range of payment? (i.e.,  $1200/course)
     Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
    

     Under what conditions do faculty earn overload pay? (i.e., different pay/faculty  appointment).
    Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
    

    Computer equipment purchased for distance faculty     Y       N 

    Software purchased for distance faculty                          Y       N 

    Internet Service Provider costs                                        Y       N 

    Costs for campus service units to deliver the course      Y       N 

    Graduate student assistant (i.e., TA)                                Y       N 

    Under what conditions is a TA assigned?
    Please use as much room as needed.  The line will scroll right.
    

2.  Funds to cover expenses above in #1 come from  (please check all that apply):
    a central pool                funds generated from course tuition 
    Student Technology Fee               an earmarked Technology Fund  
    or other sources 

3.  In addition, funds are available to cover:

Faculty travel                                                                  Y       N 

      National conference fees                                                 Y       N 

      A discretionary account for faculty use
                as needed without stipulations on usage.            Y       N 

      Other 


For STUDENTS in a distance/distributed education course, please indicate whether the following practices are used at your institution, in terms of overall frequency of use. (O=Often, S=Sometimes, N=Never)  (We acknowledge that each institution may have variations in policies from time to time and are only asking for general policies and practices.)

1.  The tuition for Synchronous distance courses is the same as for traditional courses.
                    Yes      No

2.  The tuition for Asynchronous distance courses is the same as for traditional courses.
                    Yes      No

3.  Is there a tuition differential for different distance course delivery modes?  If so, please explain.  Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
         

4.  Are there additional fees associated only with a distance course?    Yes 
         If so, what fees do DE students pay?  Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
         

5.  Are there fees for which distance students are exempt?    Yes  
         If so, what fees do DE students not pay?
         Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
         

6.  Is there a minimum number of students needed for a course to run? Yes  
         If so, what is the number?     Does this number ever vary?  Yes   
         If so, by what criteria?
         Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
         

7.  Is there a maximum number of students accepted into a course? Yes
         If so, what is the number?     Does this vary by course?  Yes  
         If so, by what criteria?
         Please use as much space as needed.  The line will scroll to the right.
         


Thank you for assisting in this research project.
We will share the results upon request. 
We hope to present the results at the NUTN meeting in June, 2003. 
If you would like a copy of the results, please indicate
to whom the information should be sent by giving us 
their e-mail address   
and the name of the school 

  Please check here if you are or your institution is a member of NUTN. 
Please check here if you are or your institution is a member of UCEA.
  Please check here if you are or your institution is a member of WCET.
  Please click here if you are a member of the SREB.
  Please click here if you are a member of the ITC.
  Please click here if you are a member of the Urban 13/21.
Please click here if your institution is a member of NASULGC.
  Please click here if your institution is a member of AAC&U.

Thank you for completing this survey!
If you would like more information about this survey, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at either 215-204-3477 or catherine.schifter@temple.edu

 

Last date updated:  March 26, 2002
Copyright Catherine C. Schifter, Ph.D. 2002.  All rights reserved.