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THE METROPOLITAN MISSION OF A RESEARCH UNIVERSITY: A STUDY OF THE CONTEXT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FACULTY This study was made possible with the support of the Ernest A. Lynton Research Grant from the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, 2001-2003 Emilia Martinez-Brawley Professor of Social Work and John F. Roatch Distinguished Community Scholar Research Assistants Jill Andrews and Kenichi Maruyama College of Extended Education Arizona State University January 2003
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Study of the Context and Opportunities for Faculty TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface and Acknowledgements . ............................................................... 3 Executive Summary. .................................................................................. 6 Understanding Urban and Metropolitan Universities . ............................... 7 Urban and Metropolitan Universities Defined. ................................... 7 ASU, A Research I, Metropolitan University. .................................... 8 One University: Various Campus Components. .......................... 9 The ASU Downtown Center. ..................................................... 10 Achieving the Metropolitan Mission. ....................................................... 13 Mission Clarity . ................................................................................ 13 Research/Applied Research Function. ....................................... 13 Instructional and Service Functions. .......................................... 14 Aspirations of the Administration and the Faculty . .......................... 16 Funding Patterns and Distribution of Incentives. .............................. 18 Project Design and Methodology. ............................................................ 22 Project Design. .................................................................................. 22 Project Methodology. ........................................................................ 22 Creating a Database. .................................................................. 22 Interviews with Faculty Administrators. .................................... 22 Focus Groups. ............................................................................ 22 Survey of Department Chairs and Unit Directors. ..................... 23 Study Results: An Overview. ................................................................... 24 Issues 1, 2, 3. ..................................................................................... 24 Database Graphics . ........................................................................... 25 DTC Credit Courses by Discipline . ........................................... 25 Faculty Teaching at the DTC by Rank and Tenure Status. ........ 26 Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching. .......... 26 Tenure-Track Faculty at the DTC by Discipline . ...................... 27 Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at the DTC by Discipline . .............. 27 Number of Credit Courses Offered at the DTC by Discipline. ..28 Number of Courses Taught at the DTC by Instructor Status. ....28 Faculty and Administrator Focus Groups . ........................................ 29 Evaluating the University Mission. ............................................ 29 Relationship Between Department and University Missions. ....31 Faculty Incentives, Disincentives and Contradictions . .............. 32 Department Chair and Unit Director Survey Results. ....................... 33 Teaching Activities at the Downtown Center. ........................... 33 Reviewing the Departments’ Missions. ..................................... 34 Faculty Incentives. ..................................................................... 35 Faculty Disincentives. ................................................................ 36 Conclusions. ............................................................................................. 37 Recommendations. ............................................................................ 37 The Road Ahead . .............................................................................. 41 Bibliography . ........................................................................................... 42 Appendices. .............................................................................................. 44 A: List of Focus Group Participants . ................................................ 44 B: Focus Group Documents Received. ............................................. 45 C: List of Departments Surveyed. ..................................................... 47 2
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E. Martinez-Brawley PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The study began nearly two years ago with the support of the Ernest A. Lynton Grant from the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The award offered me, and the small research team subsequently assembled, the opportunity to explore some interesting and lingering questions related to the nature of what we do at the Downtown Center (DTC) of Arizona State University (ASU) through the College of Extended Education. A period of residency at the DTC in Phoenix, away from my appointment on the faculty at the Main Campus, allowed me to view the world from a different perspective. I had always been interested in understanding why some faculty were reluctant to travel to the DTC to offer courses at that site. As a former dean at ASU, I had personally struggled with the main campus-centered orientation that prevailed. It
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