Teaching, Research, and Service by the Numbers at Boise State

A new workload policy for professors aims to give them flexibility in their roles

Almost two years ago, Boise State University instituted a workload policy that worried some faculty members. Its basis is an algebraic-seeming formula with components — "teaching: 6 + x; scholarship: 2 + y; service: 2 + z" — that critics found difficult to believe could provide the flexibility that administrators promised. Some professors thought the policy would just add a layer of