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ERIC Number: EJ726512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Beyond the Fear Factor: Work/Family Policies in Academia--Resources or Rewards?
Spalter-Roth, Roberta; Erskine, William
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v37 n6 p18 Nov-Dec 2005
Several decades ago, as the composition of the workforce changed and married women increased their labor-force participation rates, federal policies were designed to help employees balance work and family responsibilities. And as the gender composition of faculty in colleges and universities increasingly changed as well, a broad-based movement promoted--and colleges and universities began to introduce--other "work/family" policies. Data indicate that making use of at least one work/family policy does help academic mothers increase their productivity (without increasing their hours of work). But it also appears that this help is not treated as a needs-based entitlement. Instead it seems to be a reward for those mothers who attended high-prestige graduate schools and had records of graduate school publications. Policy-users are, in short, academics who are perceived as the "best and the brightest." In this article, the authors dig into the implementation and use of work/family policies in US colleges and universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family and Medical Leave Act 1993