House Panel Hears Ideas on Increasing Number of Women on Science and Engineering Faculties

Several higher-education leaders testified before Congress on Wednesday on the continuing underrepresentation of women in tenured faculty positions in science and engineering, outlining the existing barriers and biases. The proposals they put forth included the creation of an NCAA-style organization to monitor the hiring practices of academic departments and urge them to comply with federal laws banning gender discrimination.

Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat of Washington who is