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SACS Core Requirement 2.8

Core Requirement 2.8: The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of its academic programs.

Judgment of Compliance

X Compliance

Compliance Narrative

Currently, Clayton State University employs 196 full-time faculty members, including department chairs, deans, and associate deans. During Fall Semester 2009, 79% of the full-time faculty held doctoral degrees with an additional 3% holding specialist degrees. As documented in the Full-time Faculty Profile, the full-time faculty are diverse in both ethnicity and gender. Furthermore, the full-time faculty are qualified to teach the courses they are assigned.

In Fall 2009, a total of 1,191 sections were offered for academic credit. Of those sections, 869 (73%) were taught by full-time faculty and 322 (27%) were taught by part-time faculty. Based on the total number of students and the number of courses offered, the ratio of full- to part-time faculty is adequate to support the mission of Clayton State University. In some departments, the percentage of courses taught by part-time faculty is higher than in others, as is detailed in the Full-time and Part-time Faculty Credit Hours Report. The institution is fully committed to continuing the effort to increase the total number of full-time faculty and the resources allocated to support instruction, particularly in departments where the percentages of part-time faculty are above thirty percent. The Fall 2009 semester's headcount enrollment increased by 8.5% and the student credit hours by 9.8%; while an increase was anticipated, the growth exceeded projections and created increases in the use of part-time faculty in some departments.

During the last five fiscal years, the institution has allocated an average of 44% of the Education and General (E&G) funds for instruction (see Education and General Funds Expenditure Table). The overall full-time faculty salaries and full-time faculty salaries by rank are above average based on data from the IPEDS feedback report as well as University System of Georgia regional university data.

Supporting Documentation and Links

Clayton State University Mission Statement

Fall 2009 Full-time Faculty Profile

Fall 2009 Summary of Courses Taught by Full-time and Part-time Faculty

IPEDS Feedback Report Average Salary by Rank

Education and General Funds Expenditure Table

2008 Clayton State University Factbook