Trends in the Higher Education Labor Force: Identifying Changes in Worker Composition and Productivity

Source: Daniel Bennett, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, April 2009

This report will analyze employment trends and labor productivity at institutions of higher education over the past twenty years. What I find is that colleges have altered the composition of their work force by steadily increasing the number of managerial positions and support/service staff, while at the same time disproportionately increasing the number of part-time staff that provides instruction. Meanwhile, employee productivity relative to enrollment and degrees awarded has been relatively flat in the midst of rising compensation.

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