Measuring the Impact of Faculty Research: A Case Study
20 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015
Date Written: May 4, 2015
A major element of many academic programs’ missions is to produce rigorous research. For a variety of reasons, including accreditation requirements, it is important to measure the impact of that research. For example, such a measurement can help an academic unit understand whether the resources used to enhance faculty research capabilities and productivity are cost beneficial. This paper provides a case study of how the School of Accountancy at Brigham Young University measures the impact of its faculty’s research output. The case study shows how an academic unit’s research should be tied to the unit’s foundation documents and mission and suggests ways in which the impact of faculty research can be assessed. The case study highlights many of the difficult issues in measuring impact and provides an example of how one academic unit addressed these issues. Because every academic unit that attempts to measure the impact of its faculty research must address similar issues and questions, the paper should be helpful to those trying to measure research impact.
Keywords: Research, Research Impact, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Evaluation, Accreditation
JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M1
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