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Full- and part-time faculty ratios at APSU mirror those at other institutions

October 29, 2001

Austin Peay closely parallels other universities across the country in its percentage of full-time and part-time faculty positions.

According to statistics compiled by the Office of Institutional Research, 41 percent of Austin Peay's 463 faculty members are part-time employees. A new study, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and based on a survey of 960 institutions, shows that nationwide, part-time faculty members made up 43 percent of the faculties at colleges and universities in 1999, the last year for which statistics are available.

That figure reflects a rise of only one percentage point from the previous year. Over a longer period, however, from 1993 to 1998, almost of fourth of the schools surveyed replaced some full-time faculty members with part-timers.

Public research universities reported having the highest percentage of full-time faculty members, at 79 percent.

The study can be downloaded from the National Center for Education Statistics web site.