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Release: Jan. 10, 2003

UI reports overall increased workforce diversity in 2001-02

The University of Iowa met two of six of its goals for minority and female representation among UI faculty and staff.

According to the annual report to be submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa by the University's Office of Affirmative Action at its Jan.16 meeting, the representation for female executive/administrative/ managerial increased to 33.7 percent, minority executive/administrative/
managerial staff increased to 6.5 percent, minority tenure track faculty increased to 13.2 percent, minority professional staff increased to 6.3 percent, and minority staff increased to 7 percent. These percentages indicate that the university met or exceeded its goals in hiring for female executive/administrative/managerial staff and for minority merit staff.

The only target area that saw a decrease was in female tenure track faculty. Women currently represent 26.9 percent of full-time faculty compared to 27.3 percent in the fall of 2001. The strategic goal is 30 percent.

"I am concerned that previous progress in retaining female tenure track faculty has declined. Building a diverse faculty with a more appropriate gender balance is not merely a challenge, but a commitment that this university must assertively take on with a renewed vitality and focus," says Charlotte Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Affirmative Action.

Although Westerhaus speculates part of that decrease was caused by the loss of 36 tenure track faculty during the year as a result of budget cuts, "My office is very interested in collaborating with academic units in addressing major issues such as pay and support equity, recruitment and retention, and child care. We will continue to review the data on recruitment and retention of our tenure track faculty to determine if there are any areas of particular concern for women."

According to the report, the University of Iowa (including the University Hospitals and Clinics) employed 13,706 people during the 2001-2002 fiscal year. Of that, 8,428 were women, an increase of 0.4 percent over the previous year, and 7.8 percent were minority, an increase of 0.2 percent.