Compliance Certification Report

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. (Faculty)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
UTMB determines the adequacy of the number of full-time (FT) faculty using the following data: total number of FT faculty; number of FT faculty by rank; tenure status and college; number of students; credit hour production; faculty research productivity; and faculty service productivity. Accreditation of programs and internal program reviews also measure adequacy of faculty resources to ensure the quality and integrity of academic programs. Programs in the following schools have recently had their accreditation reaffirmed: the School of Medicine (2007) by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (1) and by the American Council on Continuing Medical Education (2), the School of Nursing (2005) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (3), Respiratory Care (2006) by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (4), Physical Therapy (2005) by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education in the School of Allied Health Sciences (5), Occupational Therapy (2004) by American Occupational Therapy Association (6), Physician Assistant (2004) by Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (7), Clinical Laboratory Science by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8), and Preventive Medicine and Community Health (2004) by the Council on Education for Public Health (9). The Master of Public Health program’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health is currently being reviewed after a site visit in March 2007.

Number of Faculty
The number of full-time faculty is adequate to support the university’s mission. Table 2.8.a describes the five-year history of faculty broken down by category. The number of FTE faculty has increased slightly or remained stable over the five years in all categories except public service, which has seen a slight decline.

Table 2.8.a. Full-Time Faculty by Category (Five-Year History)
Category 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Instruction 297.5 325.0 334.0 331.4 319.2
Academic Support 25.3 19.9 22.4 21.6 27.9
Patient Care 193.7 197.2 197.2 219.3 227.8
Public Service 44.8 36.0 33.0 29.2 33.6
Research 281.6 296.6 289.4 307.5 305.0
Total 842.8 874.7 875.9 909.0 913.6

Faculty by Rank and Tenure Status
In the fall semester 2006, UTMB had 913.6 full-time faculty members, including 27.9 academic support faculty, 227.8 patient care faculty, 33.6 public service faculty, and 305 research faculty. Table 2.8.b shows the breakdown of these by category and rank. The “other faculty” classification refers to faculty without tenure and not on tenure track and includes, but is not limited to, adjunct, special, clinical, visiting, emeritus, and lecturer. This classification is in accordance with the definition described the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (10). Almost 40% (38.8%) of the instructional faculty hold senior ranks of full or associate professor. The faculty is distributed among each of the categories addressed in UTMB’s mission of education, patient care, research, and public service.

Table 2.8.b. Full-Time Faculty by Category and Rank (Five-Year History)

Category

Rank

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

1. Instruction

1. Professor

77.4

81.5

87.1

77.6

74.9

 

2. Associate Professor

43.1

55.6

54.7

56.2

48.8

 

3. Assistant Professor

32.9

36.6

34.1

38.5

35.5

 

4. Instructor

 

1.0

4.9

0.1

0.7

 

5. Other Faculty

144.1

150.3

153.2

159.0

159.4

 

Subtotal

297.5

325.0

334.0

331.4

319.2

2. Academic Support

1. Professor

13.7

11.5

12.0

13.1

15.7

 

2. Associate Professor

3.9

3.3

4.9

4.3

4.5

 

3. Assistant Professor

0.6

0.4

0.6

0.0

0.2

 

4. Instructor

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

5. Other Faculty

7.2

4.8

4.9

4.2

7.6

 

Subtotal

25.3

19.9

22.4

21.6

27.9

3. Patient Care

1. Professor

34.0

30.8

33.8

35.5

34.0

 

2. Associate Professor

20.3

21.0

20.3

20.9

19.8

 

3. Assistant Professor

24.4

24.9

23.2

22.5

21.5

 

4. Instructor

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

 

5. Other Faculty

114.9

116.0

119.8

140.4

152.6

 

Subtotal

193.7

192.8

197.2

219.3

227.8

4. Public Service

1. Professor

19.3

16.1

13.3

11.5

12.2

 

2. Associate Professor

7.4

6.1

7.6

7.2

5.7

 

3. Assistant Professor

3.5

2.0

1.7

1.6

2.1

 

4. Instructor

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

5. Other Faculty

14.5

11.8

10.4

8.9

13.7

 

Subtotal

44.8

36.0

33.0

29.2

33.6

5. Research

1. Professor

93.4

98.9

84.1

91.8

94.8

 

2. Associate Professor

43.3

46.0

43.1

48.0

47.2

 

3. Assistant Professor

39.6

39.2

45.5

45.4

44.2

 

4. Instructor

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.9

0.9

 

5. Other Faculty

105.3

112.5

116.8

121.5

117.9

 

Subtotal

281.6

296.6

289.4

307.5

305.0

Total

 

842.8

870.3

875.9

909.0

913.6


Table 2.8.c itemizes faculty by rank within each of the Schools. The School of Medicine (SOM) is the largest school with 826.4 faculty and over 860 students in the undergraduate medical program and 603 residents and fellows in Graduate Medical Education programs. The School of Nursing (SON) has 50.4 FTE faculty for 482 FTE students (290.5 undergraduate nursing students, 15.3 post-baccalaureate students, and 176.3 students in the graduate nursing program). The School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) has 40 FTE faculty for 442.5 FTE students (126.8 undergraduates and 315.7 graduate students). SAHS had 3 FTE faculty vacancies in 2006. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has 330 faculty with graduate faculty appointments (full and associate members) for 287.7 FTE graduate students (47.8 master’s, 235.2 PhD, and 4.7 post-baccalaureate students). All graduate faculty hold primary appointments in one of the other three schools. Although faculty to student ratios vary among schools, faculty numbers are more than adequate to meet the university’s mission.

Table 2.8.c. Full-Time Equivalent Faculty by School (Five-Year History)

School

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

School of Allied Health Science

37.9

37.4

37.9

39.9

36.8

School of Medicine

753.3

778.6

785.2

814.3

826.4

School of Nursing

51.6

54.3

52.8

54.8

50.4

Total

842.8

870.3

875.9

909.0

913.6


Table 2.8.d breaks down the FTE faculty who have primary instructional roles by school and rank in 2006. These numbers are slightly different than the full FTE faculty because some faculty hold multiple responsibilities such as department chairs and division chiefs.

Table 2.8.d. Full-Time Equivalent Faculty by School and Rank, Fall 2006 (Instruction Only)

School

Professor

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

Instructor

Other Faculty

Total FTE

School of Allied Health Science

2.7

9.3

4.0

0.0

10.5

26.5

School of Medicine

68.9

34.2

27.7

0.1

119.9

250.8

School of Nursing

3.3

5.3

3.8

0.6

28.9

41.9

Total

74.9

48.8

35.5

0.7

159.4

319.2


The ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor only apply to faculty who are tenured or on a tenure-track according to the definitions established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (see Table 2.8.e). Many faculty at UTMB have qualified academic ranks such as Clinical Assistant Professor. In addition, the adjunct qualifier refers to anyone who holds less than a full time appointment, for example 0.75 FTE. This definition is different than the usual use of the term for adjunct.

Table 2.8.e. Definitions of Faculty Rank According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (10)

Rank

Definition

1. Professor

Include only faculty on tenure track or with tenure at your institution.

2. Associate Professor

Include only faculty on tenure track or with tenure at your institution.

3. Assistant Professor

Include only faculty on tenure track or with tenure at your Institution.

4. Instructor

Include all faculty on tenure track or with tenure at your institution who do not hold the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor.

5. Other faculty

Includes faculty without tenure and not on tenure track including, but not limited to, adjunct, special, clinical, visiting, emeritus, and lecturer at your institution. Also include faculty with tenure or on tenure track from another institution.

6. Teaching Assistant

A graduate student who is teaching and/or assists a faculty member in teaching a class or laboratory. Exclude those who only serve as graders or who are included in one of the categories above.


A total of 109.3 (34.2%) of the full-time instructional faculty were tenured, with another 50 (15.7%) in tenure-track positions. Table 2.8.f provides a breakdown of tenure status for each of the schools. The fact that 50% of the faculty are tenured or in tenure-track positions indicated a well-prepared and experienced faculty for UTMB as a whole.

Table 2.8.f. Full-time Equivalent Faculty by School and Tenure Status 2006 (Instructional only)

School

Tenured

Tenure Track

Not Tenured

Total of FTE

School of Allied Health Science

12.4

3.6

10.5

26.5

School of Medicine

91.9

38.9

119.9

250.8

School of Nursing

5.0

7.4

29.5

41.9

Total

109.3

50.0

160.0

319.2


Credit Hours Generation
Table 2.8.g displays Fall Semester 2006 credit hours generated. A total of 14,704 credit hours were produced in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Allied Heath Science, and the School of Nursing. The School of Medicine does not report semester credit hours.

Table 2.8.g. Fall Semester 2006 Semester Credit Hour Production

Sum of Semester Credit Hours

Semester

School

Level

Fall 2006

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

2-Post-Baccalaureate

3-Graduate

43

2,858

Total

2,901

School of Allied Health Sciences

1-Undergraduate

2-Graduate

1,826

4,238

Total

6,064

School of Medicine *

4-Professional

0

Total

0

School of Nursing

1-Undergraduate

2-Post-Baccalaureate

3-Graduate

3,960

140

1,639

Total

5,739

Grand Total

14,704

* Medical Students are not reported with semester credit hours
Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board CBM001 (Enrollment) Data


Research and Creative Activities
The high level of productivity in research and creative achievements further supports the adequacy of the faculty to carry out the research mission of the institution. The bulk of UTMB research funding is generated by grants and contracts for which a faculty member is the principal investigator. In FY05, UTMB received approximately $150 M in research funding, the major sources for which were federal funds ($117 M) as shown in Table 2.8.h. Over a six-year period, research expenditures showed a relatively steady growth from approximately $91 M in FY01 to $155 M in FY06.

Table 2.8.h. Distribution of Awards, FY01-FY06
Research Expenditures ($ Millions)

 

FY 2001

FY 2002

FY 2003

FY 2004

FY 2005

FY 2006

Total

$91.088

$109.140

$129.861

$132.769

$149.957

$155.029

Federal

63.274

78.100

93.040

102.491

117.235

120.408

State

10.775

12.441

13.784

10.982

11.685

11.409

Private

16.657

18.052

21.531

18.075

20.624

22.122

Institutional

0.381

0.547

1.506

1.221

0.413

1.097

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Source
1
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Final Report of the Survey of The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
2
ACCME Accredited CME Providers List, p. 84
http://www.accme.org/dir_docs/doc_upload/c84b97d3-fecb-4b81-af55-af367c896012_uploaddocument.pdf
3
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, CCNE-Accredited Baccalaureate and Master's Nursing Degree Programs
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/rptAccreditedPrograms.asp?state=TX&sFullName=Texas
4
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
http://caahep.org/Find_An_Accredited_Program.aspx
5
American Physical Therapy Association, Accredited Programs
http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?section=PT_Programs&template=/aptaapps/accreditedschools/acc_schools_map.cfm&process=2&ProgramID=503
6
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accredited Programs
http://www.aota.org/Educate/Schools/EntryLevelOT/38119.aspx#tx
7
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant: Accredited Programs
http://www.arc-pa.org/Acc_Programs/acc_programs.html
8
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Accredited Programs
http://www.naacls.org/search/programs.asp
9
Council on Education for Public Health, Accredited Programs
http://www.ceph.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3349
10
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Reporting and Procedures Manual for Texas Health-Related Institutions, Fall 2005, p. 8.2
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Reports/PDF/0829.PDF