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RSCA Assigned Time Program - University Library

This guide provides information on how the University Library assessed research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) reassigned time applications.

Emily Chan

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Emily Chan
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
4th Floor, Office 4020

RSCA Application Materials

The RSCA assigned time program enables faculty to concentrate on RSCA production.  

The University Library's application process involves two components: 1) scholarly agenda describing RSCA goals, activities, and expected outcomes/products for the coming 5-year period and 2) RSCA metric data based on the past three years of productivity.

For probationary faculty, the agenda constitutes 60% of one's total score.  The RSCA metric data constitutes 40% of the total score.  For tenured faculty, the agenda constitutes 40% of one's score while the RSCA metric data constitutes 60%.


RSCA Scoring

These materials provide context on how the scholarly agenda will be evaluated.  The scholarly agenda has a maximum of 100 points and is evaluated on

  1. clarity,
  2. contribution to knowledge and scholarship in the discipline,
  3. the strength of rationale,
  4. proposed outcomes, and
  5. feasibility and scope. 

The weight of the agenda varies between probationary and tenured faculty (60% and 40%, respectively).

RSCA metric data is another large component of scoring.  Faculty RSCA achievement is separated into bands:

RSCA Metric Tiers - from the 3-Year Average * Point Value
0 0
0.01-1.0 20
1.01-2.5 40
2.51-4.0 60
4.01-5.5 80
5.51+ 100


* The point value is weighted according to faculty category type (40% for probationary and 60% for tenured).