Administrative staff is a broad term used generally to identify individuals working within a college or university not otherwise classified as faculty or instructional staff. In general, administrative staff oversee, implement, and manage departments, offices, and programs. Since the inception of colleges and universities, administrative oversight and management have been an integral aspect of higher education. Prior to the 20th century, instructional staff assumed responsibility for the vast majority of this work as well as the oversight of students’ lives outside of the classroom. The evolution and growth of higher education throughout the 20th century produced a new demand for individuals to function solely as administrative staff.

In addition to differences in size, quantity, and type, modern colleges and universities differ from their predecessors in ...

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