NU Cites Progress in Minority, Women Hiring

Lincoln, Nebr. -- The University of Nebraska has made significant progress in the past decade in increasing the number of women on the faculty, according to a report issued by Dr. Linda Pratt, interim senior vice president and provost. < “The University of Nebraska exceeds the average of our peer institutions in this measure,” Pratt said. “Our percentage of minority faculty has also increased during the same period of time,” she added, “however, we have not yet reached our desired benchmark of the average of all peer institutions.”

The Nebraska legislature requires the university to report periodically on its progress in minority and gender equity. NU’s 2006 Progress Report on Increasing Minority and Women Faculty, which was delivered to the legislature today (August 10), includes the following summary statistics:

  • The number of female faculty as a percent of total at NU increased from 25.1% in 1995 to 32.5% in 2005, compared to a change from 24.8% to 30.8% at peer institutions.
  • From 2004 to 2005, NU had net increases of 28 female faculty, a 4.3 % gain, and nine minority faculty, a 3.3% gain, while total faculty decreased by 1 faculty member.
  • The university has made great strides in closing the percentage gap on minority faculty compared to the peer average. Since 1995, the number of minority faculty as a percent of total at NU increased from 7.9% to 13.7% of the total faculty. The average change for peer institutions for the same time period was from 10.9% to 15.0%. The rate of increase at NU exceeds the rate for peers during the same time period.
  • Seventy-four (74) females and 24 minority faculty were newly appointed between fall 2004 and fall 2005. Females made up 44.3% of all new appointments. This is higher than the current female representation at the university of 32.5%. The rate of new appointments for minorities was 14.4%, which is higher than the 13.7% current minority representation at the university.
  • In FY04, diversity funding allocation at the university was changed to be based predominately on net gains instead of on recruitment success. This broadens the focus to include both recruitment and retention.

“We are continuing to make progress, but we have some challenges in Nebraska, especially in recruiting and retaining minority faculty,” Pratt said. “We must ensure that our salaries, benefits and climate are competitive with our peers and other institutions.”

The report is available on line at www.nebraska.edu.

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