Thursday, November 5, 2009


Strong opinions were voiced by our respondents to the question: Are Academic RVU's the Answer to Making Time for Teaching? It appeared that either the respondent was strongly in favor or strongly opposed. Those in favor thought that, although not perfect, academic RVU systems provide a way to "account for and recognize" academic efforts. A few of those opposed, seemed "opposed in principle", not really articulating a rationale. However, a small number cited the problem of reducing a highly complex activity (teaching, advising, mentoring) into an artificial formula. In fact, one reader stated that "going down this "slippery slope" could be likened to "pandering to the bean counters". Whether or not Academic RVU's surface again as an option, we know that there will be strong opinions on both sides.

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