US academia ‘will never reach racial parity’ on current progress

From Times Higher Education: “One common claim is that there is a ‘pipeline problem’ with making academia more representative – that there are too few PhD graduates of colour to fill faculty ranks … But the paper, published on 5 December, debunks this by estimating that between 2013 and 2020 some 45,309 people from underrepresented groups who had PhDs granted by US universities were not hired into tenure-track positions, with the total increasing by 3,394 per year on average during this time. … ‘Clearly, there has been an increase in the pool of qualified candidates from underrepresented groups,’ the paper says.”

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