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Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Latest Commission report examines state trends in enrollment, faculty

The Coordinating Commission recently released Sections A and C of its 2010-11 Factual Look at Higher Education in Nebraska. Both sections analyze 10-year trends in data for Nebraska's public and private colleges and universities, with Section A focusing on enrollment and Section C focusing on faculty.

In Section A, commission staff analyzed fall enrollments by sector, student level, gender, race/ethnicity, age, and full-time vs. part-time status. Among the findings: In fall 2010, Hispanics accounted for nearly 12 percent of the state's total population of 18- to 24-year-olds. However, Hispanics were only 5.8 percent of the state's undergraduate population.

In Section C, commission staff analyzed the numbers and average salaries of full-time instructional faculty by sector, rank, gender, and race/ethnicity. Among the findings: Between fall 2000 and fall 2010, the average salary for full-time faculty at Nebraska's public and independent institutions increased 32.7 percent, from $50,351 to $66,821.

Section B of the Factual Look, released in June, covered degrees and other awards during the same 10-year period.