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Document Number: 7201

Institutional Policies and Practices Regarding Postsecondary Faculty: Fall 2003 - This report describes recent hiring and retirement patterns as well as tenure-related changes and actions taken by public and private not-for-profit postsecondary institutions that offered an associateís or higher degree in fall 2003 and participated in federal Title IV student aid programs. About 920 institutions completed the survey, resulting in a weighted response rate of 84%. In fall 2003, some 8% of all full-time faculty were hired the previous year from outside the institution, while 7% had left their institutions during the previous year. Of those who left, 36% retired. At least 90% of all doctoral or masterís institutions had tenure systems, but even among public associateís institutions, the majority (64%) had a tenure system. About 64% of institutions with a tenure system limit time on tenure track to six or seven years. One-half (52%) of institutions with a tenure system offered early or phased retirement to tenured faculty members between 1998 and 2003. (National Center for Education Statistics, Stephanie C. Nevill and Ellen M. Bradburn, October 2006) ...

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