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Document Number: 11107

Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive? Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education - Assuming that higher educationís workforce must be considered in any analysis of skyrocketing costs, this report looks at employment changes over the past two decades. Growth in administrative jobs was widespread across higher educationóbut creating new professional positions, rather than executive and managerial positions, is what drove the increase. Professional positions (for example, business analysts, human resources staff, and admissions staff) grew twice as fast as executive and managerial positions at public nonresearch institutions between 2000 and 2012, and outpaced enrollment growth. Meanwhile the number of faculty and staff per administrator continued to decline and part-time faculty and graduate assistants account for at least half of instructional staff. (Donna M. Desrochers and Rita Kirshstein, Delta Cost Project at AIR, February 2014)...

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