In a family way

Families may not be what they once were, back in the day.  But Inside Higher Ed today carries a story about an effort by the American Council on Education (ACE) to deal with worklife-family balance for faculty.  Readers will know of such changes in the faculty promotion system such as “stopping the tenure clock” for child birth.  However, the effort described in the article notes that ten university presidents or chancellors have signed on.  Curiously, only one is from the UC system – Linda Katehi of UC-Davis.

As it happens, one of the issues the revamped UCLA Faculty Assn. hopes to work on in the coming year is that very topic. In the meantime, Chancellor Block might have an interest in being a signatory to the ACE effort.

The Inside Higher Ed story is at http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/06/20/new-effort-promote-faculty-work-family-balance

The ACE statement is at http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Pages/National-Challenge.aspx