Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive? Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education
Skyrocketing college tuitions and trillion-dollar student loan debt have put college and university spending in the spotlight. Policymakers, parents and students are asking why tuitions at public four-year colleges and universities have soared nearly 160 percent since 1990 and whether excessive spending is at fault.
This report from the Delta Cost Project at AIR looks at long-term employment changes on college and university campuses during the past two decades and examines fluctuations in faculty staffing patterns, growth in administrative positions, and the effects of the recent recession on long-standing employment trends. It goes beyond other studies to explore the effects of these staffing changes on total compensation, institutional spending patterns, and ultimately tuitions.