While some progress has been made in recent years in increasing the presence of women on campus, the University must travel a considerable distance before it achieves an equitable representation of women at all levels, according to a report prepared for President James J. Duderstadt.
Volume II of Women at the University of Michigan: A Statistical Report on the Status of Women Students, Faculty and Staff on the Ann Arbor Campus augments information presented in a 1992 report with an in-depth examination of selected issues.
The 1992 report, prepared by a committee of the Presidents Advisory Commission on Womens Issues, analyzed the academic pipeline from the undergraduate level through the ranks of the faculty and academic administration. It also provided data on degree completion, faculty salaries, student/faculty ratios by gender, and staff composition.
That report concluded that with few exceptions, the number of women decreases at each successive level of the Universitys academic and administrative hierarchies. Women comprise nearly one-half of the student body and three-quarters of the staff, but only one-fifth of the faculty and one-twelfth of the academic administration.
The 1993 report examines the following issues:
This report provides clear documentation that our progress to date on improving the representation of women in the faculty and in senior administration positions is at best inadequate, says Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. In particular, I believe major attention must be given to the recruitment of faculty at the assistant professor level. This pool is available, and only through growth at this level will we truly be able to eventually increase the representation of women on the faculty at all levels. Search committees must redouble their efforts to make sure that qualified female candidates are considered and hired.
Among the highlights of the findings of the 1993 report:
Much of this gender difference is due to the fact that men are more likely to be enrolled in programs where GSRA appointments are more available, e.g., engineering and the sciences.
Thus, the report notes, the data contained in this and the 1992 report reflect progress in some areas, but also underscore the distance we must travel before we achieve an equitable representation of women at all levels of the University.