RETENTION ISSUES OF FACULTY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Presently, the biggest challenge faced by technical educational institutions in India is the acute shortage of qualified and competent faculties. This has resulted in a scenario where institutions are vying with each other to attract & retain for them the best available faculty talent. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that institutions should design and pursue policies/mechanisms so as to compete well in market place to attract and retain for them the best faculty talent. This paper offers some possible strategies that institutions can adopt to attract & retain for them the best available faculty talent.

The major factors contributing to faculty recruitment and retention are salaries, benefits, start-up and ongoing resources for research, supportive environments, and partner/spouse employment opportunities.

The research design used for the study is mainly descriptive. A number of management institutes have been used from Delhi/NCR and adjoining places to collect a sample of respondents randomly. The sample size was purposely kept small due to the constraint of time and resources. The purpose of this study was to find answers to questions through the application of scientific procedures.

The main aim of study was to discover the truth that is hidden and that has not been discovered as yet.

The prime objectives were:

a) To understand the concept of talent management
b) To analyze the factors that lead to the high turnover rate of faculty
c) To suggest ways to reduce the turnover rate of faculty.

This paper seeks to understand and analyze the causes of the high attrition rate of employees in the management institutes of MTU. Moreover, the paper tries to diagnose the malady and prescribe the remedial solutions. The essential theme of this paper is talent management and the development of a proper talent pool.

Based on this research, the most common characteristic in Private Colleges with optimal retention appears to be a common purpose among the faculty. These Private Colleges attracted and retained faculty that resonated with the values. This clearness of purpose also seems to help faculty members that do not resonate with these values either seek another school or not seek a position in the first place. The results seem to indicate that Private Colleges can increase faculty retention, at times significantly, by clarifying institutional mission and values.

This paper also brought out an interesting characteristic common at Private Colleges with Optimal retention and absent at Private Colleges with very low faculty retention. Of the Private Colleges that were asked for a more in-depth interview following their initial survey response, all the private Colleges with optimal retention have a published and accessible salary scale; none of the private Colleges with poor retention do. More research needs to be done to determine whether this is a causal characteristic or merely ancillary.