Higher Education….Brace Yourselves for the Challenges of 2017

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Higher Education….Brace Yourselves for the Challenges of Replacing Faculty and Retiring Leaders in 2015 and Beyond

“The shortage is real, pilule ” says Anne Penny, CPC, President of Emerson Professionals, Inc.  “There were over 18,000 full time facuIty openings nationwide in 2014”. (according to AACN)  The AACN study shows that the  faculty shortages in nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow. Budget constraints, pilule aging faculty, and increasing job competition from clinical sites have contributed to this emerging crisis.

“I have spoken to numerous Deans (at all levels) this year who are once again “delaying” their retirement for another year until a suitable replacement is identified.” Many of these leaders have 20-30 years of seasoned experience under their belts and they are ready for a well-deserved retirement.  Leadership training and programs to inspire faculty to “step-up-to-the-plate, sales ” are seriously lacking on the necessary scale to accommodate the up- coming onslaught of resignations expected in the next 24 to 36 months.

Internal promotion would appear to be the immediate solution. But inspiring faculty to make the move into administration is a lofty task. Invariably, those who are interested aren’t qualified—and those who are qualified aren’t interested.

Leaders are faced with a difficult decision.  Do they hire externally, and devote the time to a nationwide search?  Do they promote an internal faculty member who needs time to develop and hone their upper management skills?  Either way, there is a risk of alienating the rest of the faculty and jeopardizing programs and student development.  It’s a true quagmire.