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ERIC Number: EJ806119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
More Colleges Are Adding Family-Friendly Benefits
Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n45 pB22 Jul 2008
Results of a new survey of family-friendly benefits by the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor show that stopping the tenure clock has become the most common family-friendly benefit in higher education, following paid maternity leave. Other family-friendly policies that top the list in academe allow professors to phase into retirement and take extra unpaid time off to care for a family member. The center conducted surveys of family-friendly policies in higher education in 2002 and in 2007. This spring it posted a research brief on its Web site called "Family Friendly Policies in Higher Education: A Five-Year Report." The brief looks at how many colleges and universities have the most common family-friendly benefits and how that has changed over the last five years. In all, 65 percent of the 189 institutions the university surveyed in 2007 said they have a formal policy that allows new parents to stop the tenure clock, typically for a year, to give them extra time to complete work they need to make a tenure bid. Professors--both men and women, in some cases--can stop the clock after the birth or adoption of a child or to care for an ill family member. Only 48 percent of institutions reported having such a policy in 2002. The center used the Carnegie classification system to group the universities it surveyed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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