Proposal, New England Regional Resource Center for Women in Higher Education, 1971, page 3

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function of such an office to formulate policies, collect data, and above all
to facilitate rapid and continual exchange of information among all institutions
which deal with the education of women at any level. We felt that such an
office would enhance our own individual efforts, and be a source of valuable
information as we tried to bring change on our own campuses. We hope that
this regional office could be a model for other regional offices to be
established in the next few years.

1. A Search and Referral Roster of Women Academics

As affirmative action programs are adopted by universities and colleges
there will be a need to expand the informal networks on which department
chairmen now depend for candidates. Broad advertising, though recommended
by some, can result in indiscriminate and hard-to-handle numbers of applicants
writing for a single job opening. On the other hand, de facto "screening"
is not easy to institutionalize and could be abused.

Although there has been talk about academic rosters and referral services
for women, no such roster has yet been established anywhere in the United
States. In several of the professional associations, women's caucuses are
advertising job openings in newsletters, but these are rarely selective and
these efforts are haphazard. In no case are there cross disciplinary lists
or systematic ways of matching applicants to openings.

With these considerations in mind, it is proposed that the regional
office mount a registry of women academics who might, potentially, be available
for jobs in the area, and then consult with numbers of senior professors
(male and female) in each field for the evaluation and placement of individual
vitas. In this way we could offer an autonomous but selective roster of women.
The panels of experts would constitute as well contacts to the “enlarged pool"
of applicants.

"Academic women" will be defined broadly to include academics as well
as lawyers, business women and others, women administrators from outside