48% of early-career faculty considering leaving higher ed

48% of early-career faculty are considering leaving higher ed.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while the early stress of the pandemic took a heavy toll on our faculty, a new study from Course Hero shows that its unceasing is driving many to consider leaving the field altogether.

Faculty are not only being asked to teach confidently in what is perhaps a brand new modality for them, but they’re also being asked indirectly to fill in the emotional support that students used to be able to partially provide each other with. And with higher ed historically providing stability over salary, for early-career faculty currently experiencing neither, its not a compelling story to stick around for.

The takeaway? We can’t lose an entire generation of new academics. Higher ed can be a beautiful life-long career. But for those brand new to the academy, they haven’t seen that part of the story yet, and can’t picture how this gets better. We need to help them picture it.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.