The Great Depression and Education
Most institutions of higher learning are struggling to attract and retain candidates for faculty vacancies. Today, the largest challenge that higher learning institutions face is the acute shortage of competent and qualified faculties. As a result, this shortage has forced some universities and colleges recruit unqualified teachers and hence offering poor academic services to the students. Some institutions have lost competitive advantage over other due to their inability to provide top quality education services to the students as compared to their competitors in the education industry. The economic impacts of the Great Recession in the world market cannot be ignored in the education sector in all the affected countries, since they are presently felt in faculty employment challenges. This study explores the current trends in the education sector contributed by the 2000 to 2010 Great Depression in relation to faculty attraction and retention. The research will substantially establish about how the great recession occurred and how it extended its adverse effects to education sector. Also, the study will explore why some academic areas such as special education, mathematics and science have few experts and faculties in the higher education systems. Further, the research will identify the reasons why some higher learning institutions recruit unqualified faculties instead of recruiting experts and the qualified professors. Moreover, the research will determine the factors attributed to the observed lack of qualified experts and faculty member candidates to the vacancies. Additionally, the research will explore the causes of expertise differences among faculty candidates together with its impacts on the continued lack of competent faculties in such academic disciplines. The Great Depression and Education
Keywords: Faculty vacancies, higher learning, great depression, faculty attraction and retention
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