Cost Savings Appear Elusive in Push for Faculty Productivity

Is Pushing Faculty Productivity Worthwhile? 1

Yana Paskova for The Chronicle

Lawrence Martin runs Academic Analytics, which gives universities data about their faculty members' productivity. If the least productive still get reduced teaching loads, he says, "the cost of that is staggering."

If cash-strapped universities want an easy way to save money, Lawrence B. Martin, a professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has an idea.

By tallying faculty output in areas such as publication rates in scientific journals, Mr. Martin has concluded that there could be as much as $1-billion to $2-billion in extra salaries sloshing around U.S. higher education, needlessly lavished by institutions on faculty whose low teaching loads aren't justified