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Table 315.30. Percentage distribution of full-time faculty and instructional staff in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by level and control of institution, selected instruction activities, and number of classes taught for credit: Fall 2003
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Instruction activity and number of classes All institutions Research Doctoral Comprehensive Private
liberal arts
Public
2-year
Other
Public Private Public Private Public Private
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Number of full-time faculty and
     instructional staff (in thousands)
681.8   (0.05) 162.1   (0.85) 63.5   (1.58) 51.3   (0.76) 21.7   (0.79) 107.3   (2.98) 41.4   (1.59) 49.6   (1.80) 114.6   (1.09) 70.2   (3.36)
Percentage distribution 100.0   (†) 23.8   (0.12) 9.3   (0.23) 7.5   (0.11) 3.2   (0.12) 15.7   (0.44) 6.1   (0.23) 7.3   (0.26) 16.8   (0.16) 10.3   (0.49)
                                                             
Average hours worked per week 53.3   (0.13) 55.6   (0.21) 55.8   (0.42) 54.0   (0.38) 52.4   (0.59) 53.2   (0.31) 51.8   (0.53) 54.0   (0.39) 49.2   (0.34) 53.1   (0.49)
Paid activities within institution 45.4   (0.12) 48.8   (0.19) 47.8   (0.36) 45.9   (0.31) 44.7   (0.47) 44.4   (0.27) 42.9   (0.55) 45.6   (0.39) 40.9   (0.27) 45.1   (0.59)
Unpaid activities within institution 3.8   (0.04) 3.1   (0.08) 3.3   (0.15) 3.9   (0.14) 3.8   (0.20) 4.4   (0.13) 4.4   (0.15) 4.4   (0.11) 4.2   (0.12) 3.6   (0.22)
Paid activities outside institution 2.2   (0.05) 1.8   (0.08) 2.7   (0.21) 2.1   (0.13) 2.3   (0.25) 2.3   (0.12) 2.2   (0.17) 2.0   (0.13) 2.3   (0.12) 2.8   (0.24)
Unpaid activities outside institution 1.9   (0.03) 1.9   (0.05) 2.0   (0.09) 2.1   (0.11) 1.7   (0.11) 2.1   (0.09) 2.3   (0.12) 2.0   (0.14) 1.7   (0.08) 1.6   (0.10)
                                                             
Work time distribution (percent) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (2.08) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Teaching 58.2   (0.27) 43.5   (0.43) 43.1   (0.76) 55.5   (0.72) 55.0   (1.15) 64.7   (0.70) 67.5   (0.78) 65.9   (0.80) 78.4   (0.65) 55.0   (1.61)
Research/scholarship 20.0   (0.44) 33.2   (0.42) 34.0   (0.84) 22.3   (0.72) 24.6   (0.84) 15.0   (0.49) 11.2   (0.57) 12.7   (0.67) 3.7   (0.26) 18.7   (0.97)
Other activities (administration,
   professional growth, etc.)
21.7   (0.17) 23.2   (0.45) 22.8   (0.67) 22.2   (0.64) 20.4   (1.21) 20.4   (0.66) 21.3   (0.75) 21.3   (0.73) 17.9   (0.54) 26.3   (1.27)
                                                             
Faculty/staff distribution by instruction
     activity (percent)
                                                           
                                                             
Distribution by hours taught per week 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Less than 4.0 30.3   (0.44) 48.9   (0.83) 52.2   (1.31) 30.0   (1.70) 26.5   (1.74) 16.3   (1.08) 14.9   (1.06) 15.5   (1.15) 14.5   (0.86) 36.0   (2.35)
4.0 to 5.9 5.8   (0.21) 8.4   (0.50) 8.8   (0.77) 6.0   (0.58) 8.4   (1.37) 4.1   (0.53) 4.1   (0.57) 4.1   (0.57) 2.5   (0.33) 6.7   (0.99)
6.0 to 7.9 13.8   (0.37) 20.0   (0.80) 15.2   (1.20) 22.2   (1.14) 22.0   (1.77) 12.0   (0.78) 11.0   (1.43) 13.3   (1.48) 4.4   (0.60) 9.0   (0.88)
8.0 to 9.9 12.5   (0.30) 9.0   (0.49) 9.3   (0.87) 16.9   (1.20) 19.3   (1.76) 21.5   (0.93) 18.7   (1.78) 19.5   (1.83) 5.7   (0.61) 7.2   (0.98)
10.0 to 14.9 18.2   (0.39) 7.9   (0.55) 8.8   (0.88) 15.1   (1.13) 15.0   (1.53) 31.5   (1.24) 32.7   (2.15) 33.5   (1.93) 14.7   (0.90) 19.6   (1.95)
15.0 or more 19.4   (0.40) 5.8   (0.43) 5.7   (0.67) 9.7   (0.92) 8.7   (1.34) 14.6   (0.93) 18.5   (1.92) 14.1   (1.39) 58.2   (1.47) 21.5   (1.73)
                                                             
Distribution by number of students taught 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Less than 25 30.6   (0.46) 46.0   (0.84) 51.5   (1.56) 29.7   (1.53) 31.9   (1.88) 16.8   (1.25) 16.5   (1.23) 20.8   (1.44) 15.9   (0.94) 36.8   (1.96)
25 to 49 17.0   (0.34) 17.0   (0.83) 16.9   (1.06) 17.1   (0.99) 18.8   (1.74) 17.9   (0.96) 22.7   (1.57) 25.4   (1.62) 12.0   (0.77) 13.4   (1.41)
50 to 74 16.2   (0.33) 11.9   (0.69) 10.0   (0.99) 16.3   (1.29) 20.9   (1.64) 18.7   (0.77) 26.5   (1.32) 24.4   (1.40) 16.2   (0.86) 14.4   (1.07)
75 to 99 13.0   (0.30) 7.6   (0.51) 6.2   (0.57) 13.9   (0.91) 11.2   (0.95) 17.5   (0.86) 17.6   (1.15) 15.8   (1.09) 18.1   (0.78) 11.5   (1.03)
100 to 149 14.2   (0.39) 7.6   (0.54) 7.0   (0.78) 13.2   (0.87) 9.9   (1.21) 19.4   (1.22) 13.1   (1.61) 10.6   (0.96) 25.7   (0.98) 14.9   (1.58)
150 or more 9.0   (0.27) 9.8   (0.59) 8.4   (0.73) 9.8   (0.87) 7.4   (1.04) 9.7   (0.85) 3.6   (0.72) 3.0   (0.62) 12.1   (0.86) 8.9   (0.63)
                                                             
Distribution by student classroom contact
     hours per week1
100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Less than 50 24.2   (0.40) 38.3   (0.83) 42.7   (1.33) 23.2   (1.52) 22.0   (1.53) 11.9   (1.04) 12.6   (1.02) 12.2   (1.05) 11.9   (0.77) 30.8   (1.87)
50 to 99 5.3   (0.23) 7.7   (0.56) 7.0   (0.82) 6.4   (0.68) 7.0   (1.20) 4.3   (0.52) 2.7   (0.55) 4.9   (0.48) 2.5   (0.39) 5.2   (0.88)
100 to 199 7.1   (0.20) 9.4   (0.54) 10.7   (0.87) 8.0   (0.88) 8.6   (1.38) 6.2   (0.62) 4.5   (0.66) 7.2   (1.02) 3.4   (0.43) 6.1   (0.99)
200 to 349 9.0   (0.28) 10.9   (0.52) 10.4   (0.83) 10.4   (0.88) 12.8   (1.74) 8.6   (0.71) 10.9   (1.38) 11.9   (1.27) 3.6   (0.54) 6.8   (0.79)
350 to 499 7.7   (0.24) 8.0   (0.44) 8.1   (0.83) 10.6   (1.03) 11.5   (1.03) 7.9   (0.91) 10.2   (0.79) 12.4   (0.93) 3.5   (0.40) 4.6   (0.70)
500 or more 46.8   (0.44) 25.6   (0.74) 21.2   (1.21) 41.4   (1.36) 38.0   (1.81) 61.1   (1.46) 59.1   (1.75) 51.4   (2.13) 75.0   (1.16) 46.6   (2.30)
                                                             
Distribution by total classroom credit
     hours
100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Less than 4.0 31.8   (0.54) 48.9   (0.82) 52.1   (1.55) 30.1   (1.46) 29.0   (1.75) 18.0   (1.03) 17.5   (1.44) 23.7   (2.18) 15.4   (0.84) 38.1   (2.23)
4.0 to 5.9 6.6   (0.22) 9.4   (0.54) 10.2   (0.63) 6.8   (0.67) 10.5   (1.53) 3.5   (0.35) 4.5   (0.61) 5.6   (0.67) 3.7   (0.44) 7.0   (0.83)
6.0 to 7.9 15.0   (0.37) 21.6   (0.66) 14.0   (1.04) 25.1   (1.29) 21.3   (1.71) 14.2   (0.94) 12.2   (1.04) 11.4   (1.15) 6.6   (0.72) 10.1   (1.07)
8.0 to 9.9 14.8   (0.33) 10.4   (0.60) 10.7   (0.84) 19.9   (1.28) 20.8   (1.47) 25.3   (1.15) 23.4   (1.73) 19.1   (1.16) 8.1   (0.60) 10.0   (1.19)
10.0 to 14.9 20.2   (0.38) 7.7   (0.51) 9.7   (0.99) 14.8   (1.17) 13.2   (1.40) 32.0   (1.20) 35.4   (1.94) 32.5   (2.20) 24.3   (1.28) 22.3   (1.38)
15.0 or more 11.6   (0.31) 1.9   (0.24) 3.2   (0.52) 3.3   (0.64) 5.2   (0.99) 7.0   (0.88) 6.9   (0.71) 7.7   (1.28) 41.8   (1.50) 12.5   (1.17)
                                                             
Faculty/staff distribution by number of
     classes taught for credit (percent)
                                                           
                                                             
Faculty/staff with undergraduate classes
     only, by total for-credit courses
100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
1 11.0   (0.43) 24.2   (2.40) 20.2   (2.97) 14.1   (2.91) 10.0   (2.52) 10.5   (1.31) 9.3   (1.13) 9.9   (0.98) 8.7   (0.75) 11.2   (2.17)
2 17.4   (0.62) 38.0   (2.80) 31.2   (3.96) 24.2   (3.05) 38.6   (5.05) 14.6   (1.51) 18.5   (2.14) 22.7   (2.32) 10.7   (0.77) 13.7   (2.29)
3 23.7   (0.65) 22.6   (2.21) 30.8   (3.42) 31.1   (2.98) 37.3   (3.60) 28.6   (1.89) 30.3   (2.48) 34.3   (2.57) 16.0   (0.96) 17.3   (2.77)
4 21.9   (0.73) 10.8   (1.43) 11.7   (2.99) 20.4   (1.92) 10.9   (2.75) 33.3   (1.87) 30.7   (2.77) 21.1   (2.22) 16.9   (1.00) 28.4   (2.48)
5 or more 26.1   (0.70) 4.4   (0.86) 6.1   (1.74) 10.1   (1.97) 3.2 ! (1.15) 13.0   (1.56) 11.2   (1.53) 12.0   (1.44) 47.6   (1.49) 29.4   (2.14)
                                                             
Faculty/staff with graduate classes only,
     by total for-credit courses
100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)   (†) 100.0   (†)
1 40.1   (1.21) 50.4   (2.17) 48.0   (3.69) 34.3   (3.04) 25.9   (4.02) 23.6   (3.86) 13.0   (3.72) 15.8 ! (6.35)   (†) 37.8   (3.15)
2 31.0   (1.07) 26.3   (1.81) 27.9   (2.93) 39.1   (3.32) 50.7   (4.02) 33.6   (5.32) 28.7   (4.00) 31.6 ! (12.42)   (†) 32.9   (2.93)
3 16.7   (0.88) 14.3   (1.38) 13.3   (2.60) 16.3   (2.76) 14.1   (3.52) 29.6   (4.35) 36.3   (4.99) 22.7 ! (9.79)   (†) 13.4   (2.48)
4 7.1   (0.80) 4.5   (1.24) 7.4   (2.07) 7.4   (2.04) 3.7 ! (1.44) 10.1 ! (3.39) 16.5   (3.92) 16.7 ! (8.04)   (†) 7.2 ! (2.21)
5 or more 5.1   (0.52) 4.4   (0.69) 3.4 ! (1.33)   (†) 5.7 ! (2.80) 3.1 ! (1.52) 5.5 ! (2.85)   (†)   (†) 8.7   (1.94)
                                                             
Faculty/staff with both undergraduate and
     graduate classes, by total for-credit
     courses
100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)   (†) 100.0   (†)
1 23.3   (0.68) 32.5   (1.37) 38.4   (1.89) 21.1   (2.17) 20.2   (2.37) 9.0   (1.04) 10.3   (2.14) 9.4   (2.00)   (†) 24.8   (3.18)
2 33.4   (0.83) 44.3   (1.36) 42.8   (2.33) 37.1   (2.15) 37.8   (2.58) 19.6   (1.30) 19.0   (2.78) 18.3   (2.62)   (†) 18.7   (3.00)
3 24.3   (0.70) 15.5   (0.99) 12.4   (1.37) 26.5   (1.75) 32.0   (3.01) 38.1   (1.91) 34.8   (2.85) 29.5   (3.77)   (†) 21.2   (3.06)
4 12.2   (0.54) 4.5   (0.64) 3.7   (1.06) 10.1   (1.37) 6.6 ! (2.02) 23.4   (1.69) 24.4   (3.39) 27.5   (3.74)   (†) 16.6   (3.55)
5 or more 6.7   (0.43) 3.1   (0.45) 2.8   (0.78) 5.2   (0.75)   (†) 9.9   (1.01) 11.4   (2.07) 15.2   (3.65)   (†) 18.6   (2.88)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Distribution by student classroom contact hours per week is based on the number of contact hours that faculty and instructional staff spend each week with students during classroom instruction multiplied by the number of students taught.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Totals may differ from figures reported in other tables because of varying survey methodologies. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:04). (This table was prepared December 2008.)

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