<p>"Forty years ago, women made up only 3 percent of America's scientific and technical workers, but by 2003 they accounted for nearly one-fifth. In addition, women have earned more than half of the bachelor's degrees awarded in science and engineering since 2000. However, their representation on university and college faculties fails to reflect these gains. Among science and engineering Ph.D.s, four times more men than women hold full-time faculty positions. And minority women with doctorates are less likely than white women or men of any racial or ethnic group to be in tenure positions. Previous studies of female faculty have shed light on common characteristics of their workplace environments. In one survey of 1,000 university faculty members, for example, women were more likely than men to feel that colleagues devalued their research, that they had fewer opportunities to participate in collaborative projects, and that they were constantly under a microscope. In another study, exit interviews of female faculty who "voluntarily" left a large university indicated that one of their main reasons for leaving was colleagues' lack of respect for them."
<p>Interesting findings but are they offering realistic solutions or just the response you would expect from the education bureaucracy?
"University leaders should incorporate the goal of counteracting bias...".<br>
"...publicize progress toward goals."
"... discuss the formation of the proposed monitoring body..."<br>
"...mandatory national meetings to educate university department chairs, agency program officers, and members of review panels..."
"Federal enforcement agencies...should provide technical assistance to help universities achieve diversity in their programs and employment, and encourage them to meet such goals. These agencies also should regularly conduct compliance reviews at higher education institutions...Discrimination complaints should be promptly and thoroughly investigated."</p>