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subscriber) Date: Thu, February 6, 2014 2:02 pm [posted by Margaret DeLacy, February editor, firstname.lastname@example.org] Friends: Below is a link to, and excerpt from, a story that appeared in USA today summarizing a report from the American Institutes of Research on the staffing patterns of post-secondary institutions. The report finds that they have replaced full-time tenured faculty with part-time teachers, but the cost savings have been eaten up by an increase in staff--in part to fill the roles that full-time faculty used to carry out such as student advising. As someone who has been watching education from the other end (k-12) I have also seen a big push to provide access to college classes for high school students and enroll more students who are first-generation college students, English Language learners, foreign students, students with disabilities and low-income students. I wonder if part of this increase in student support reflects the additional (often unacknowledged) cost of assisting non-traditional students and students with less family support to navigate an unfamiliar system? People who want academic jobs,might be more successful with a degree in counseling, accounting or development than a Ph.D. Margaret http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/05/labor-intensive-or-labor-expensive/4635485/%0D%0A Colleges and universities over the last decade have hired "an explosion of new workers" to fill administrative jobs while relying increasingly on part-time faculty and graduate students to teach students, a new report finds. -- --