20 percent of UT profs instruct most students

May 23, 2011 6:17:57 AM PDT
A review has found that about 20 percent of the University of Texas at Austin professors teach most of the school's students. The analysis by the director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity also says 10 percent of the faculty bring in 90 percent of its research grants.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday on the analysis by Richard Vedder, who's an economics professor and a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The foundation has ties to Gov. Rick Perry.

Vedder looked at UT System documents released this month on salaries, course loads, research grants and evaluations. He says UT-Austin could save millions of dollars by increasing the teaching loads of professors and getting rid of under-performing ones.

UT faculty have questioned his interpretation of the data.

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