Ohio university's teaching-load rules questioned

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Administrators at the University of Toledo say budget woes could force full-time professors to teach more, increase class sizes and reduce course offerings.

The Blade newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/13GPPCo) the university presented the proposed rules for professors' workloads to deans and department heads last week.

The university's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs says the rules stem from a projected budget deficit of more than $30 million for the 2014 fiscal year. Scott Scarborough says the workloads aren't "out of line."

But some professors have questioned the impact the proposed rules could have on teaching quality.

Tenured and tenure-track professors would be expected to teach up to the contractual maximum of 12 credit hours each semester. They would be guaranteed 20 percent of their time for unfunded research.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/