The Times reports on the release of GESO’s new report, The (Un)Changing Face of the Ivy League:

Minorities and women have made little progress in breaking into the faculty ranks of the Ivy League, according to a new report. In 2003, Ivy League campuses hired 433 new professors into tenure-track jobs, but only 14 were black and 8 were Hispanic. Women received 150 of the jobs. The figures, culled from a federal database by a graduate student group at Yale University, shows the slow progress these highly visible universities, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton, are making in diversifying their faculties. “The tenure-track faculty jobs are where all the change is supposed to be taking place,” said Rose K. Murphy, a senior research analyst at the Graduate Employees and Students Organization at Yale, a group of graduate teaching assistants seeking union recognition there, and a co-author of the study. “But most of the new positions are still going to white men.”…From 1993 to 2003, the percentage of tenured black professors on the Ivy faculties remained essentially flat at 2 percent. The only Ivy campus where black professors accounted for more than 3 percent of the tenured faculty in 2003 was Brown, which had 17 black professors with tenure, or 4 percent of its tenured faculty. There was also little change in the tenure-track positions, the entry-level jobs that give professors a chance to earn permanent positions. In 2003, black professors had no more than 4 percent of the tenure-track positions at any Ivy university, and at Brown there were none…

The report, “The (Un)Changing Face of the Ivy League,” was based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System at the United States Department of Education. The Graduate Employees and Students Organization at Yale, which compiled the study with help from graduate students at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania, said it planned to post its findings on its Web site,, today, and deliver its findings to the Ivy League presidents…The study also noted the sharp rise in faculty jobs that were not on the tenure track at all: to 7,792 slots in 2003 from 4,266 slots in 1993. The 83 percent increase far outstripped the growth in other faculty jobs. Such jobs represented less than a third of the Ivy faculty in 1993 but climbed to 45 percent by 2003. The nontenure-track jobs, which carry titles like lecturer, instructor or researcher, generally pay less and provide fewer benefits, if any. They are usually short-term, and involve heavier teaching loads, the report said, even though they often require a doctorate. Blacks and women hold higher proportions of these jobs than of the tenure-track positions.

Check out the full report here.


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