University of Texas System issues updated data on faculty workload and pay
The Texas Tribune
June 29, 2011
In early May, when the University of Texas System released much anticipated data used to measure faculty productivity, it came with a caveat: users were warned that the information had not been verified and could not yield "accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions."
Today, the UT System released an updated data set. Even so, the system did include some cautionary notes about the data, including key points for each specific school. For example, the spreadsheet for the University of Texas at Austin — the data from which has received the most scrutiny — included a note saying, "The research expenditure data available shows equal distribution of funds between all individuals identified as the primary investigator (PI) and co-PIs on grants. We will be working over the next few weeks to better allocate these funds appropriately through interviews with the faculty."
Anthony de Bruyn, a spokesman for the UT System, said in a statement, "The System has been working diligently to review and verify the data and most of the data in the file are complete, with exceptions listed in the notes. Staff will continue to update the data and make it available to the public."