Race and Ethnicity of College and University Staff

Whites represented the majority of all staff positions on campus. However, there was more racial and ethnic variation among staff than other positions, with the percentage of people of color ranging from 17 percent to over 42 percent.

College and University Staff, by Position and Race and Ethnicity: 2017


Bichsel, Jacqueline, Adam Pritchard, Jingyun Li, and Jasper McChesney. 2018. Staff in Higher Education Annual Report: Key Findings, Trends, and Comprehensive Tables for 2017–18 Academic Year. Knoxville, TN: CUPA-HR.

CUPA-HR classifies positions into three categories: administrative, professional, and staff. Administrative positions include top executive officers. Professional positions include institutional affairs, student affairs, fiscal affairs, external affairs, facilities, information technology, research professionals, athletic affairs, and safety professionals, among others. Staff positions include office and clerical staff, service and maintenance staff, technical and paraprofessional staff, and skilled craft staff.