Trends in Higher Education Labor Force: Identifying Changes in Worker Composition and Productivity
Publication Date: April 2009
Publisher(s): Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Author(s): Daniel Bennett
Keywords: Worker Composition; Worker Productivity; Higher Education; Labor Force
Coverage: United States
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.