Employment growth in higher education slows down

Staffing cuts follow trend of lower student enrollment

The number of faculty and administrators employed by U.S. colleges shrunk in 2013, halting years of growth, Inside Higher Education reports.

Overall, the percentage change in employment was low—just .19%. However, the small reduction is a notable pause after twenty years of continuous employment growth, which saw the number of employees in higher education rise by about 1.4 million from 1993 to 2012.

The data was released by the U.S. Department of Education, and puts the number of higher-education employees at 3,969,396 in 2013.

Previously, the large increase in employees was driven by enrollment growth—which also decreased in 2013.  

Broken down by sector, the data shows:

  • For profit-colleges cut 38,000 jobs;
  • Two-year colleges added 2,510 jobs;
  • Public four-year colleges added 14,002 jobs; and
  • Private non-profit colleges added 16,084.

Overall, non-profit colleges added the highest percentage of new jobs—totaling 1.4%.

While overall employment dropped, the number of people employed in academic-related work increased slightly (Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 11/14).


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