Why is SIS Accuracy Important?
This data is used for allocating teaching credit, and depends in large part on the completeness and accuracy of the information departments provide on instructors. Faculty workload and student SCH / FTE reports for deans, Budget Committee, other campus users and the Office of the President are generated from the data. In addition, facilities utilization reports for campus space planning and the Office of the President are also created from the SIS file.
Specifically, SIS affects the following reports:
Individual faculty: SIS data is used by the Budget Committee when it conducts merit reviews.
Departments: SIS data is used to determine whether a department is meeting its goals as outlined in individual departmental teaching policies (e.g., number of classes taught per ladder faculty) and for general education requirements (e.g., Reading and Composition courses, American Cultures courses, etc). The Office of Planning & Analysis maintains copies of all current departmental teaching workload policies up to the year of 2007. Separately, SIS data is used to keep track of average class size and types of courses taught by individual faculty.
UC Berkeley Campus Reporting: Central Campus administrators use SIS data to assess campus-wide priorities when distributing resources for Temporary Academic Support, faculty authorizations, and in regard to issues related to space utilization.
UC Berkeley System: All nine campuses are required to submit instructional activity data to the Office of the President on an annual basis. Particular attention is paid to primary classes conducted by regular ladder-rank faculty. These reports, in turn, are aggregated and sent on to the California State Legislature as part of an annual reporting process. The State monitors productivity and quality of teaching at UC. These reports influence the State of California's Budget process and subsequent funding which flows to the nine campuses. Space Utilization data is also reported annually and affects funding for capital projects.
External and Ad Hoc Reporting: Aggregated instructional workload data is used in external reporting to US News and World Report, college guide books, and numerous ad hoc reports (e.g, AAU Data Exchange).
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