Faculty and Staff Projections
Faculty and staff are essential to the success of UMBC. The numbers of people needed at UMBC are highly variable and influenced by factors such as operating procedures, teaching and learning pedagogies, and research endeavors. Adequate staffing is crucial to support the campus’ academic mission but also to sustain community outreach, University development, and partnerships with corporations, federal government, public schools, industry, and other institutions.
The numbers of faculty and staff needed in the future is shaped by countless variables, dependent upon base assumptions, and subject to change. For the purposes of the one scenario illustrated in this plan, the reasonable approach of tying faculty growth to an assumed student growth was employed. Projections of staff is not as straightforward due to the varied nature of staff’ roles and responsibilities. However, for the purposes of this plan, a scenario of moderate growth in staff is assumed in order to meet campus needs as we move forward.
For this master plan update, the University is projecting growth in faculty based on maintaining successful student to faculty ratios of 19.0 FTE students to each FTE Instructional Faculty. When factoring in non-instructional faculty, the Fall 2009 overall ratio of FTE students to FTE Faculty of 12.9 is used in projecting total faculty requirements for the Fall of 2019. This approach is compatible with our objectives, leading to improved learning experiences, while supporting research and community involvement. This approach leads to a net projected increase in total faculty of 10.4% over the 2009 to 2019 planning period.
Campus staff supports all campus services, including academic, research, administrative, residential life, student life, athletics, and outreach. Staff are projected based on the necessary support to successfully manage operations. While new technologies can enable higher efficiencies in staffing, there are limits to this approach. This is especially true after periods of economic downturn when staffing slowdowns and layoffs have been required in response to budgetary limitations.
For this one scenario of assumed student growth, the staffing projections have been tailored for each staff employment category. For instance, professional non-faculty growth projections are tied to the current FTE students to FTE professional staff ratio of 16.3. Whereas, based upon past periods of development, the technical and administrative support staff are assumed to grow at a rate of 5% for full-time staff and 10% for part-time staff over the next ten years. If this projected growth pattern occurs, the numbers of staff increases by 16.3% over the 2009 to 2019 planning period .
Graduate Assistants Projections
Graduate student teaching and research assistants have an important role as professionals at UMBC with duties consistent with the teaching and research missions of the University. The numbers of available assistantships are variable and largely dependent upon the source and availability of funding. As such, the development of headcount projections for graduate assistants could be tied to a variety of factors. For this one scenario of assumed student growth, future headcount is based on maintaining the current ratio of 0.9 graduate assistants to each full-time faculty member. If this projected growth pattern materializes, the numbers of graduate assistants increases by 10.7% .