ERIC Number: ED458847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Staff.
Clery, Sue; Lee, John
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v5 n2 Sep 1999
This report reviews changes in higher education staff by occupation between 1993 and 1997. Specific attention is paid to staffing patterns in states with right to work laws compared to those without it. When a state enacts a right to work law, it can be assumed it is not supportive of public unions. This analysis is based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics 1997 Fall Staff in Postsecondary Institutions data file. The number of higher education employees increased very slightly between 1993 and 1997, as did full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment. The ratio of staff to FTE students remained nearly constant. Over the same time period, part-time staff increased 7%, while full-time staff declined 1%. The number of part-time employees increased in all occupational categories. The percentage of women in higher education remained constant from 1993 to 1997, but the share of women in clerical and secretarial positions decreased, and women represented a large share of full-time and part-time employees in executive and administrative and faculty positions in 1997 than in 1993. The share of Hispanic, African American, or American Indian higher education staff changed little from 1993 to 1997, and the share of new hires that were minority decreased slightly. The economic expansion of the Southern and Plains states, often states with right to work laws, resulted in higher education enrollment and staffing increases between 1993 and 1997. In states without a right to work law, although the number of faculty decreased, the number of new faculty hires with tenure increased. This may indicate a general trend to reduce job security among faculty in right to work states. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Employment Patterns, Higher Education, School Personnel, State Legislation, Teacher Student Relationship, Tenure
For full text: http://www.nea.org/he.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Higher Education Research Center.