The American Council on Education on Wednesday launched a campaign asking college and university presidents to promote faculty career flexibility on their campuses.
"We've found time and time again that flexible workplace policies make for happier, more committed faculty, which ultimately translates to better outcomes for our institutions and our students," Molly Corbett Broad, ACE president, said in a news release announcing the National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce.
The campaign aims to reduce faculty turnover, increase productivity and engagement among faculty, and to develop means for baby boomer faculty to remain involved in institutional life upon retirement (ACE noted this is particularly important given the “looming wave” of baby boomer retirements) through more flexible work models.
Ten presidents and chancellors already have signed on to the campaign as founding partners. They are:
- John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
- Mildred García, California State University at Fullerton
- Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
- Linda P.B. Katehi, University of California at Davis
- Renu Khator, University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president
- William E. Kirwan, University System of Maryland
- David Maxwell, Drake University
- Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College
- Steven G. Poskanzer, Carleton College
- Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University