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Faculty Retention Proves a Major Challenge for Universities
February 16, 2012
Attracting and retaining the world's brightest students is on the mind of every university official. But a new, unprecedented study in the journal Science suggests leaders in higher education face an understated, even more pressing challenge: The retention of professors.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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