Incentivizing Faculty Diversity
A shortage of diversity among faculty members is a stain on our higher education system, but it’s not for lack of trying on the part of college administrators or academic leaders. Instead we may have misdiagnosed the problem. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 45 percent of college and university students in the United States come from underrepresented groups, while only 24 percent of faculty members do. Retention rates are affected; student satisfaction is impacted. And the promise of academe falls short.
Originally published: January 20, 2020
Author: Katherine Newman
Position: Interim Chancellor
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Published by: Inside Higher Ed