Purdue faculty seek clarity, perspective about trimester plan

Oct 15, 2012 Full story: Journal and Courier

Purdue University's path to a 12-month academic year is cloudy to say the least.

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Purdue Pete

West Lafayette, IN

#1 Oct 16, 2012
It seems that with three 13 week semester (each with a week of finals) instead of two 15 week semesters (each with a week of finals), each faculty members salary would need to be increased by a factor of

(3/2)*((13+1)/(15+1))= 1.3125

So every faculty member should balk outright if they don't get at least a 31% increase in salary if they teach all year. But even this would be a terrible deal for the faculty, as if summer teaching were mandatory, it would take away the flexibility of using summers for research and would limited summer consulting.

I predict that if mandatory summer teaching were instituted research funding, which keeps the university afloat, would reduce drastically.

I'll be interested to see what the Purdue administration has to offer the faculty. Too bad they didn't consult the faculty earlier for input. But of course that's the problem with the Purdue administration. They rarely think about the students or the faculty. If all the students disappeared, the Purdue administration wouldn't notice until the their tuition bills went unpaid. And if all the faculty disappeared, the administration wouldn't notice until they stopped receiving the overhead from there grants.

This isn't your father's Purdue University.

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