Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of College Efforts to
Improve Teaching Effectiveness, ISBN 978-157440-379-4

The study presents data and commentary from 24 academic institutions from
their centers of teaching effectiveness or other institutional centers to
enhance the quality of instruction.  The 150+ page report gives highly
detailed data about budgets, personnel, technology, and strategy in
improving overall educational effectiveness, especially the quality of

Among the many additional issues covered:  levels of cooperation from
various college departments with centers of teaching effectiveness, the
popularity of instructing college teachers in many aspects of teaching
including: use of distance learning and blended learning, use of new and
emerging technologies, use of classroom response systems and course
management systems, dealing with disabilities in the classroom, grading
strategies, and much much more.  

The study also looks at time and workload management for offices of teaching
effectiveness, defining how much staff time they spend with adjuncts,
postdocs, tenured and untenured faculty, and exploring which subject areas
do offices of teaching effectiveness focus on.  Additional areas covered
include:  grants and funding for teaching effectiveness efforts, the use of
awards for excellence in teaching, the role of student evaluations, legal
issues in teacher evaluation and new ideas for instructor assessment and

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that: 

•	The offices of teaching effectiveness in the sample had a budget ranging
from $85,000 to $1,500,000.
•	25% of the institutions sampled gave monetary awards for excellence in
•	For research universities, a mean of close to 24% of the staff time of
offices of teaching effectiveness was spent helping teaching assistants.
•	Community college offices of teaching effectiveness spent a mean of 30% of
their staff time working with adjuncts.
•	The mean number of employees of the office of teaching effectiveness for
all the organizations in the sample was 3.32. 

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