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Retention and Considerations in Leaving

Turnover Intentions

This graph is based on responses to questions that assessed faculty's intention to quit, such as "How often do you think about quitting your job?" and "How easy or difficult would it be financially for you to quit your job?"

Faculty across all four campuses reported low intentions to quit their jobs. Faculty on the Crookston campus reported the highest intentions to quit.

Turnover Intentions by Campus

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Potential Reasons for Faculty Turnover

This table is based on responses to questions that assessed the importance of various factors as motivation for leaving the University. Items were scored on a 1 (not at all important) to 4 (very important) scale and this table reports item means from high to low.

Item means suggest that the top motivation for leaving the University would be to receive a higher salary. Other reasons for leaving the University would be to join a department that better appreciates the faculty member, to join a more prestigious department, or to seek a position of higher responsibility.

Considerations in leaving UMN University wide Crookston Duluth Morris Twin Cities
Earn a higher salary 3.2 3.3 3.1 3.5 3.2
Join a unit where I would be more appreciated 2.9 3.2 2.9 2.8 2.9
Obtain a position of higher rank, responsibility, or visibility 2.7 2.3 2.6 2.4 2.8
Join a more prestigious unit or institution 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.6 2.6
Achieve a better balance between my work and personal life 2.5 2.3 2.7 2.9 2.5
Live in a different part of the country 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.8 2.2
Move to a more research-oriented institution 2.1 2 2.1 2.1 2.1
Work in a less-pressured environment 2.1 2.3 2.2 2.1 2
Enhance my spouse or partner's career opportunities 2.1 1.9 2.1 3.2 2
Live closer to family and friends 2 2.1 2 2.5 1.9
Reduce my teaching responsibilities 1.9 2.3 2.2 2.1 1.8
Other 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.7 2
Move to a more teaching-oriented institution 1.6 1.8 1.8 1.5 1.5
Live in a more cosmopolitan or urban setting 1.6 1.8 1.9 2.8 1.5
Pursue a career outside academia 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.3 1.7

Items are scored on a 1 (not at all important) to 4 (very important) scale.

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