Ten years ago higher education scholars predicted a major faculty turnover in the late 1990s and into the twenty-first centurya prediction based on demographic data on an aging faculty. The turnover is under way, accelerated by early retirement policies. Currently blocks of faculty positions are opening up at regional colleges and universities, and new faculty are being hired in groups, rather than a few at a time. In larger universities, the impact of this kind of hiring is felt most acutely at the department level. At small institutions, the effects can be institution wide. Throughout this academic year, NERCHE’s Department Chairs, Chief Academic Officers, and Associate Deans Think Tanks have examined changes in faculty demographics and discussed the structures and policies that campuses need to orient and retain new faculty.
New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Brief 7: Preparing for the Next Wave of Faculty" (2001). New England Resource Center for Higher Education Publications. 31.