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ERIC Number: EJ993732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-25
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Bucking the Bad Economy, a Few Universities Plan to Hire Hundreds of Faculty
Mole, Beth
Chronicle of Higher Education, Jun 2012
When Brad R. Simpson visited the University of Connecticut for a job interview in February, he was struck by a vibe that he finds increasingly rare on college campuses. People, he says, were optimistic. At a time when he encounters many demoralized professors, as campuses across the nation slash budgets and freeze hiring, the University of Connecticut is one of a few that have recently announced plans to significantly expand their faculty ranks. In December, administrators there announced they would create nearly 300 tenure-track positions over the next four years. The University of Connecticut is one of a few institutions planning to beef up their faculties, bad economy or not. Where universities are able to hire and create new programs in the midst of the current budget climate, they are finding money by trimming administrative costs, raising tuition, and forging new ties with industries. Besides Connecticut, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota system have also recently announced plans to hire large numbers of faculty. In each case, the hiring plans were developed under presidents who were in their first year of office and wanted to make faculty growth an initial priority.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Iowa; Minnesota