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ERIC Number: EJ801448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Community Colleges Hope to Keep Aging Professors in the Classroom
McCormack, Eugene
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n40 pA14 Jun 2008
This article discusses how community colleges respond to the rising number of faculty members who are eligible for retirement. Many faculty members at community colleges are near retirement largely because many of the colleges were created and did the bulk of their hiring between 1965 and 1975, when the first group of baby boomers was entering the work force. Community colleges have a higher percentage of faculty members between the ages of 45 and 64--66.1%--than does any other type of higher-education institution, according to the U.S. Education Department's most recent figures, from 2003. This faculty age profile is a double-edged sword for two-year colleges, many of which are experiencing rapid enrollment growth and expect more growth in the future, unlike some of their four-year brethren. Already more than 43% of the nation's undergraduates are at two-year institutions. In some disciplines, community-college administrators would be happy to see turnover that would increase the number of cheaper, younger faculty members. However, in other, more career-oriented specialties, early retirements could worsen existing faculty shortages. As a result, as well as because community colleges are focused on populating the leadership pipeline, fewer of them are encouraging retirement than is the case among four-year institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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