Administrative Support for Academic Departments

Staff Allocation at Large Public Universities

Topics: Staffing, Organizational Structures

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As institutions seek to cut costs through staff reductions, administrators often consider restructuring administrative support staff for academic departments.

This report evaluates administrative staffing for academic departments at large public institutions. In particular, it looks at the number of staff, sharing staff between departments, and staff compensation and classification plans.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Administrative staff work in department offices and provide clerical support to department chairs, faculty, and students.

    2. Deans consider student enrollment, number of faculty, and administrative workload in administrative staff allocations.

    3. Academic departments increasingly share administrative staff to avoid unnecessary costs.

    4. Compensation and classification for administrative support staff varies widely across profiled institutions.

    5. Administrators use administrative staff vacancies as an opportunity to reassess the need for those positions.