Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive? Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education

Source: Donna M. Desrochers, Rita Kirshstein, Delta Cost Project, Issue Brief, February 2014

Faculty salaries, cuts in state aid, spending and “administrative bloat” all play a role in rising college costs. But a close look at staffing and compensation within the rapidly changing higher education workforce tells the full story. … This report looks at long-term employment changes on college and university campuses during the past two decades and examines fluctuations in faculty staffing patterns, growth in administrative positions, and the effects of the recent recession on long-standing employment trends. It goes beyond other studies to explore the effects of these staffing changes on total compensation, institutional spending patterns, and ultimately tuition…