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Purdue University faculty report

A new report on Purdue’s faculty shows mixed results when it comes to hiring and retaining female professors.

The governance report stresses a robust recruitment effort is key to hiring women, but it shows retaining them is just as critical.

The university hired 68 female faculty members the past two-years. That represents 38% of all hires.

The number of tenure-track female faculty rose by 90 from 2005 to 2010.

But retention rates for women are much lower. After 8 years, fewer than 20% of those hired are still working at Purdue. For all new assistant professors hired, the rate is closer to 50%.

The university has a list of initiatives to improve the situation, including spending more money to retain faculty looking at jobs elsewhere; a promotion and tenure task force; and taking part in the COACHE satisfaction survey.