ERIC Number: ED443329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Vacancies and Applicant Pools: Results of the AACTE Faculty Supply and Demand Survey.
Castle, Sharon; Arends, Richard I.
This study investigated faculty vacancy and applicant pools among American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) member institutions. A survey instrument sent to member institutions requested information regarding openings in each teacher education program area for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 academic years and projected openings for the 1999-00 academic year. Participants also reported the number of applicants for each opening, the number of searches that failed, and the percentage of minority faculty hired. Of the 408 usable surveys returned, 368 reported openings. Total openings increased by 34 percent, suggesting that demand is increasing. However, supply is not keeping up the pace, as evidenced by the fact that the number of applicants per opening decreased by 19 percent. Program areas with small applicant pools and high failed searches included early childhood education, elementary education, library media, mathematics education, reading, special education, business education, and vocational education. About 21 percent of new hires were minorities. One perceived reason for low numbers of applicants may be that other educational institutions are drawing individuals away from higher education; a second may be that low K-12 salaries are hampering colleges from recruiting qualified applicants. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
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