Among the numerous ways for reducing faculty course load responsibility without increasing instructional costs include two approaches: Adopting 4-credit hour course programs and focusing on student credit production rather than course credit generation. For our purpose here, I will present the two approaches and briefly consider associated implications.
Institutional efficiency in higher education has never been more important than in our present and often turbulent environment. Indeed, the news is replete with stories of institutional rollbacks and the elimination of academic programs. Perhaps more than ever before, academic programs are expected to maximize resources to produce student credit hours efficiently and to increase overall student success.