Half of regional admissions counselors are looking for a new job, survey finds

Diving brief:

  • Nearly half of more than 440 regional admissions counselors — those who recruit from areas far from their home campuses — said they were looking for a new position, inside or outside of teaching superior, according to a new survey.
  • About half of civil servants also said they saw no clear path for promotion at their institution, according to the survey of the National Association of Regional Admissions Counselors.
  • Counselors seek new roles as some colleges bolster regional admissions programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. About 28% of regional admissions officers said their institutions had expanded their programs due to the health crisis.

Overview of the dive:

The sphere of higher education has not been spared from the trend induced by the known pandemic like the Great Resignationa widespread exodus and reshuffling of workers, many of whom are dissatisfied with their current employment conditions.

After more than two years of turmoil, the sector appears to be recovering, with the higher education workforce growing to 4.7 million in August, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. It was about the same level as at the start of 2020.

But the recovery is not complete, and the effects of the Great Resignation on admissions offices have been noticeable at some institutions, as the pandemic has further stressed the workers responsible for developing classes of students during a particularly period. hectic. Entry-level admissions officers are often already poorly paid, leading some to leave the field.

The new admissions survey offers insight into a contingent of these professionals. Admissions officials who unveiled the survey at last month’s meeting of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling said its findings could be used to inform the creation of successful regional programs, as well as retain those workers.

The survey was conducted from January to February of this year.

Of the 230 regional managers who said they saw no opportunity for promotion, 100 said they were looking for new positions. Another 131 respondents said they had to apply and interview for promotions at their current institutions. Of these, 46 said they were looking for a new job.

Meanwhile, nearly half of all respondents said they had taken on additional responsibilities due to the pandemic, while 40% said they had not. The survey found that regional councilors read an average of about 560 college applications each year. But 66 respondents said they read more than 1,000 applications per year.

He also found that the salaries of these civil servants were not keeping pace with inflation.

The 2022 national average salary for these civil servants was $58,443 per year. While that’s higher than the 2019 average salary of $53,801 per year, it doesn’t look quite as strong compared to the 2019 average in inflation-adjusted dollars. The average 2019 salary had the same purchasing power as $60,287 per year in March 2022, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those working in Boston had the highest average salary of $72,000 a year, while the lowest was $44,667 in Detroit.

Almost half said they had received some sort of merit increase in the past two years. But nearly 60% said their colleges did not give them cost-of-living adjustments during this time.

Many of these civil servants are at the beginning of their careers. Around four in five respondents said they had worked as regional councilors between one and ten years.

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