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7 Findings and Recommendations
Pages 106-112

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From page 106...
... The importance of artifacts in demonstrating proofs of existence, concept, and performance in ECSE means that the development and implementation of computing artifacts with wide impact are comparable to the publication of papers with wide impact. In addition, the rapid pace of the ECSE field puts a high premium on timely communications.
From page 107...
... The very high student-faculty ratio in computer science and engineering (CS&E) ; the grading of complex student laboratory or project work in ECSE; the installation, maintenance, and upgrading of student ECSE laboratories; and keeping ECSE courses current in the face of rapidly changing technological underpinnings all present extraordinarily time-intensive demands on ECSE faculty that should be recognized in making teaching assignments.
From page 108...
... Providing mentoring and advocacy, as described in Chapter 5;1 · Providing opportunities to teach advanced seminars in which graduate students can receive needed training in preparation for joining a research project; · Considering mechanisms by which an assistant professor can move "off the tenure track" temporarily if research difficulties arise (while the tenure clock is ticking, assistant professors and their departments must be ever sensitive to the productive use of -time) ; · Explicitly encouraging collaborative work with like-minded colleagues wherever they may be found; · Providing adequate teaching assistant support for time-intensive laboratory-based courses (teaching loads may also be adjusted when developing such courses)
From page 109...
... The committee recognizes a wide range of approaches to evaluating candidates for tenure and promotion, and it does not wish to intrude on institutional prerogatives in determining how best to evaluate candidates. At the same time, the committee believes that evaluators should use standards and criteria that normally characterize productive work in the ECSE discipline, rather than standards that may be better aligned with more traditional academic disciplines, taking care not to exclude meaningful evidence of achievement simply because it is nonstandard (as discussed in Chapter 5.)
From page 110...
... The committee recognizes the tightness of research budgets but points out that excessive trimming in the size or duration of individual research initiation awards will increase the risk that any given award will not lead to a significant ECSE research project. Computer science departments are major beneficiaries of tax policies that encourage computer manufacturers to donate- computer equipment to universities.
From page 111...
... However, maintenance costs are~often substantial, and university funds to cover such costs are in short supply. In some cases, donated technical support and maintenance may be worth as much to a university as a donated machine.

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