Contributions to Mission
To facilitate planning at the university, school, and department levels, the Provost's Office gathers a variety of data reflecting the contributions to the University's mission by departments and faculty. Periodically, the Provost and members of his senior staff meet with leadership of a department (typically the chair, director of graduate studies, director of undergraduate studies) and that department's dean to review and discuss these data. The purpose of these meetings is to distribute the data collected by the Provost's Office to deans and departments, share perspectives on the data and what they suggest about a department's instructional and scholarly trajectories, and provide departmental and school leadership with information that they can share with colleagues and incorporate into departmental planning. The operating assumption is that the data inform planning rather than dictate a particular course of action.
Three sets of documents are shared at these meetings, all of which the Provost encourages chairs to share with colleagues.
Contributions to Mission
This is an Excel spreadsheet with data on individual faculty contributions to mission in the areas of teaching and research. The data on contributions in teaching are drawn from Banner (our student information system), while contributions in scholarship are drawn from annual reports submitted by individual faculty. Three or more years of data are provided. An example of this document is available at: http://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/documents/contribution-to-mission.pdf.
Along with approximately 700 other colleges and universities, Binghamton participates bi-annually in a study of instructional costs and productivity conducted by the Higher Education Consortium at the University of Delaware. These data provide a snapshot of faculty teaching assignments and the direct cost of instruction. Binghamton departments are compared to similar departments at a group of peer institutions. An example of this document is available at: http://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/documents/delaware-sample.pdf.
Binghamton University subscribes to Academic Analytics, a database that provides information about the research contributions of faculty in departments and programs that offer the Ph.D. The scholarly productivity of academic departments is compared to other departments in the discipline, allowing Binghamton to compare its programs to those at other research universities.