oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Factors influencing the recruitment and retention of faculty at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Bugando, Mwanza, Tanzania : research
Background. Attracting and retaining faculty is essential for the success of any higher learning institution, especially in the newer medical institutions in Tanzania.
Aim. To determine the factors favouring the recruitment and retention of faculty at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), Bugando, Tanzania, between November and December 2011.
Methods. Using standardised self-administered questionnaires, respondents were asked to rank a range of factors that might influence their recruitment and retention on a 4-point Likert scale.
Results. Of the 55 questionnaires distributed, 42 (76%) were returned. Opportunity for professional growth, support from colleagues, opportunities for promotion, support for scholarly activities, and staff collegiality were the top 5 factors that made the faculty take up CUHAS positions and remain at CUHAS. Salary was the most important factor for recruitment, and retention in 7.1% of the faculty surveyed.
Conclusion. The majority of the academic staff surveyed were junior; they cited opportunity for professional growth as the most important factor in recruitment and retention at CUHAS.
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