College staffing levels increasing

As the number of students filling out college applications continues to rise, the amount of staff working at colleges and universities is also increasing, according to a new report published by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

The survey polled more than 7,170 schools across the U.S., and contains data from four-year institutions, two-year colleges, and schools that do not offer degrees, such as cosmetology and training institutes.

Results indicate that overall levels of staff, both teaching and administrative, rose by 2.6 percent last year, an increase of 3.9 million people. Much of the growth in college employment was seen in the for-profit education sector, and particularly among part-time staff. Faculty working on a part-time basis accounted for around half of the total job growth in higher education.

It is little surprise that colleges are investing in more staff. The NCES reports that enrollment in higher education rose from 14.8 million in 1999 to 20.4 million in 2009, an increase of 38 percent. 

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