How institutions can help academics to not fall through “chutes”: Opinion

August 25, 2021
Academe is a game of Chutes and Ladders rather than a leaky pipeline, write Leah Cathryn Windsor and Kerry F Crawford, and more must be done to support academics who are likely to land on “chutes” rather than “ladders.” The authors argue that many of those who “make it” have “manhole covers for the chutes and extensions for the ladders,” such as supportive partners, family money, and a well-connected adviser, while those who leave academia may not have these safety nets. The authors argue that the system should be reformed, with institutions and departments offering equitable and transparent family-leave policies, providing clear communication about these policies, establishing parent-friendly hiring practices, and prioritizing mentoring for early-career professionals. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial)