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What is EFT and how is it calculated?

EFT stands for Equivalent Full Time. Because most faculty are on 9-month contracts, their EFT is .75 because an EFT of 1.0 would represent a 12-month contract. The academic year is subdivided into 8 units of workload. Each unit is .75 ÷ 8 = .094 EFT. One unit is 12.5% of your time (.094 ÷ .75).

The chart below shows the conversion of units to EFT to percentage of time.

UNIT OF WORKLOAD EFT % TIME
1 .094 12.5%
2 .188 25%
3 .281 37.5%
4 .375 50%
5 .469 62.5%
6 .563 75%
7 .656 87.5%
8 .75 100%

Thus, a faculty member who is budgeted for 4 units of instruction and 4 units of research for the academic year would be budgeted .375 EFT for instruction and .375 EFT for research or 50% instruction and 50% research.

Similarly, a faculty member who is budgeted for 6 units of instruction and 2 units of service would be budgeted .563 for instruction and .188 for service or 75% instruction and 25% service.

Allocation of EFT is negotiated annually during the evaluation process. In general, instructional EFT can only be reduced by using external funding to purchase instructional time or for reassignment to administrative tasks. Research time can be converted to instruction or service time in consultation with the supervisor.