WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

Diversity through ADVANCEment

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Science  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6264, pp. 1052-1053
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6264.1052-b

The NSF ADVANCE program aims to increase the advancement of women in academic careers, usually through the implementation of work/life support policies. Tower and Dilks developed a policy rating scheme to measure the level of parental leave, tenure clock extension, availability of child care, and related support programs at 124 ADVANCE institutions. Results showed that ADVANCE universities were highly progressive regarding new parent support (80% offer benefits beyond FMLA protections to birth mothers) and basic child care (only 8% had no direct benefits). Additionally, a 1-year extension of the tenure clock was available to birth mothers at 44% of the institutions. As promising as these results seem, the authors caution that simply having work/life policies on the books is not enough to ensure their use.

J. Divers. High. Educ. 8, 157 (2015).

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