The data show the ranks of administrators and professional staff at the state’s public and private colleges and universities are growing while the ratio of full-time faculty per thousand students is declining. Both four-year and two-year schools are increasingly turning to part-time or temporary instructors to fill faculty ranks.
The report comes in the middle of a decade in which Michigan has seen spiraling tuition costs and massive cuts in state aid to higher education. The average student-loan debt has been climbing as well, reaching nearly $29,000, according to federal statistics.
The increase in professional staff — largely student-service-related jobs — and the decrease in faculty mirror what is happening across the nation, but Michigan is above the national average in both categories.