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ERIC Number: ED422824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 46
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The Glut of Ph.D.s Complex Models for the Faculty Workforce. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Milam, John
This study examines some of the literature on college faculty supply and demand and asks whether it is possible to adopt assumptions from the previous research to construct a complex model of faculty workforce using the available data. The study involved a comprehensive review of the literature; numerous interviews conducted by telephone, e-mail, and in person to discuss available datasets and various approaches to faculty supply and demand; analysis of 14 national datasets; and, finally, in-depth review of four datasets to assess their utility for modeling. The model developed had the following components: enrollment (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) broken out by gender and ethnicity; degrees (masters and doctoral); postdoctoral appointments; nonfaculty research staff; faculty population (full-time, instructional, research, and public service) broken out by rank within tenure status by discipline and by tier of institution, and including retirement rates, quit rates, and mortality by discipline; faculty workload for full-time faculty; and research activity, including the need for post-doctoral students, nonfaculty research staff, and degree productivity. This study suggests that it is impossible to construct a complex model of faculty supply and demand with currently available data. The report concludes with recommendations for improved data collection. (Contains 31 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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