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Arkansas Schools

In Arkansas, academia is a thriving field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in Arkansas.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Arkansas By Profession

1,453 1,470 1,633 1,601
76 130 95 124
1,377 1,342 1,365 1,397
1,003 991 1,026 1,074
1,150 1,125 1,130 1,129
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 5,325 higher education faculty at the 87 colleges and universities in Arkansas, where in 2006 there were 5,059.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 6%.

Average faculty salaries in Arkansas

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Arkansas earn $49,547 per year on average. This is less than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Arkansas earn more than female faculty by 8%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Arkansas

No data at this time.

Of the 4,566 college faculty in Arkansas, 43% are tenured. Another 21% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Arkansas by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Arkansas Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.63% 3.28% 5.27%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Arkansas
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Arkansas by 8% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 8%. This shows that in academia in Arkansas, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Arkansas Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 19.02% 2.51% 7.92%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Arkansas
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Arkansas

No data at this time.

And of those who were working on a part-time basis in 2009, 15% identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority. While 15% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Arkansas

No data at this time.

National Vs. Arkansas Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 16.47% 11.57% 17.8%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Arkansas
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Arkansas' minority faculty has seen a 16% increase. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Arkansas by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Arkansas by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Arkansas Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 6.27% 1.47% 4.8%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Arkansas
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Arkansas, the percentage of women has also increased. National trends are consistent with this. On a national level, the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has increased by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009.

National Vs. Arkansas Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 8.37% 4.67% 7.78%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Arkansas
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Arkansas Faculty employment by Gender

National Arkansas
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 43%
Women 57%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Arkansas


Consistent with the growth in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Arkansas, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also increased in the state.

Currently in Arkansas, there are 153,012 undergraduate students and 16,763 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Arkansas

5506 5799 5646 6364 6790
10683 10657 11082 11047 11580
240 208 231 278 799
3120 3109 3357 3481 3996
4567 5050 6181 7811 9784
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Arkansas


In Arkansas, 10,892 students graduated from institutions of higher learning in 2009. Of these students, 35% graduated from bachelor's degree programs, while 15% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Arkansas


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in Arkansas.

Retention rates in Arkansas

Returning Students 59%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Arkansas state, 59 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 45 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Arkansas

Graduation Students 45%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Arkansas Students By Gender

National Arkansas
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 40%
Women 60%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Arkansas is not very diverse. Of the 169,775 students studying in Arkansas' institutions of higher learning, 60% are female, and 25% are from an ethnic or racial minority. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. Arkansas Students Minorities

National Arkansas
Minorities 29%
Minorities 25%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Arkansas

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  1. Arkansas Teaching Schools74,671 Employed
  2. Arkansas Business Schools54,855 Employed
  3. Arkansas Law Schools21,957 Employed
  4. Arkansas Engineering Schools21,954 Employed
  5. Arkansas Liberal Arts Schools18,789 Employed
  6. Arkansas Information Systems Schools18,457 Employed
  7. Arkansas Counseling Schools18,421 Employed
  8. Arkansas Educational Leadership Schools18,225 Employed
  9. Arkansas Criminal Justice Schools13,905 Employed
  10. Arkansas Biology Schools12,614 Employed
  11. Arkansas Art Schools12,452 Employed
  12. Arkansas English Schools11,527 Employed
  13. Arkansas Math Schools10,740 Employed
  14. Arkansas Information Technology Schools10,465 Employed
  15. Arkansas Early Childhood Education Schools10,221 Employed
  16. Arkansas Business Administration Schools10,132 Employed
  17. Arkansas Nursing Schools9,896 Employed
  18. Arkansas Psychology Schools9,851 Employed
  19. Arkansas Accounting Schools9,235 Employed
  20. Arkansas Finance Schools8,967 Employed
  21. Arkansas Music Schools8,875 Employed
  22. Arkansas Management Schools8,830 Employed
  23. Arkansas Communications Schools8,599 Employed
  24. Arkansas Public Administration Schools8,286 Employed
  25. Arkansas RN to BSN Schools8,078 Employed
  26. Arkansas BSN Schools8,078 Employed
  27. Arkansas Forensic Nursing Schools8,078 Employed
  28. Arkansas Special Education Schools8,072 Employed
  29. Arkansas MBA Schools7,316 Employed
  30. Arkansas Journalism Schools7,214 Employed
  31. Arkansas Speech Therapy Schools7,023 Employed
  32. Arkansas History Schools6,827 Employed
  33. Arkansas Chemistry Schools6,411 Employed
  34. Arkansas Design Schools6,056 Employed
  35. Arkansas Political Science Schools6,005 Employed
  36. Arkansas Physics Schools5,571 Employed
  37. Arkansas Social Work Schools5,410 Employed
  38. Arkansas International Business Schools5,236 Employed
  39. Arkansas Sociology Schools5,213 Employed
  40. Arkansas Marketing Schools4,790 Employed
  41. Arkansas Theology Schools4,707 Employed
  42. Arkansas Human Services Schools4,541 Employed
  43. Arkansas Elementary Education Schools4,356 Employed
  44. Arkansas Health Science Schools4,256 Employed
  45. Arkansas Mechanical Engineering Schools4,042 Employed
  46. Arkansas Forensic Science Schools3,784 Employed
  47. Arkansas Public Health Schools3,505 Employed
  48. Arkansas Sports Medicine Schools3,438 Employed
  49. Arkansas Veterinary Schools3,434 Employed
  50. Arkansas Nutrition Schools3,135 Employed
  51. Arkansas Culinary Schools2,994 Employed
  52. Arkansas Radiology Technology Schools2,958 Employed
  53. Arkansas Civil Engineering Schools2,921 Employed
  54. Arkansas Visual Communications Schools2,828 Employed
  55. Arkansas Advertising Schools2,769 Employed
  56. Arkansas Public Relations Schools2,769 Employed
  57. Arkansas Computer Engineering Schools2,678 Employed
  58. Arkansas Small Business Schools2,674 Employed
  59. Arkansas Graphic Design Schools2,562 Employed
  60. Arkansas Computer Networking Schools2,486 Employed
  61. Arkansas Healthcare Administration Schools2,478 Employed
  62. Arkansas Electrical Engineering Schools2,391 Employed
  63. Arkansas Drafting Schools2,369 Employed
  64. Arkansas Creative Writing Schools2,247 Employed
  65. Arkansas Architecture Schools2,206 Employed
  66. Arkansas Construction Management Schools2,152 Employed
  67. Arkansas Gerontology Schools2,041 Employed
  68. Arkansas Computer Programming Schools1,856 Employed
  69. Arkansas Human Resources Schools1,845 Employed
  70. Arkansas Respiratory Therapy Schools1,839 Employed
  71. Arkansas Property Management Schools1,831 Employed
  72. Arkansas Hospitality Schools1,788 Employed
  73. Arkansas Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,723 Employed
  74. Arkansas Supply Chain Management Schools1,718 Employed
  75. Arkansas Computer Science Schools1,660 Employed
  76. Arkansas Paralegal Schools1,553 Employed
  77. Arkansas Sports Management Schools1,493 Employed
  78. Arkansas Physical Therapy Schools1,369 Employed
  79. Arkansas Occupational Therapy Schools1,331 Employed
  80. Arkansas Homeland Security Schools1,223 Employed
  81. Arkansas Web Design Schools1,158 Employed
  82. Arkansas Health Information Schools1,145 Employed
  83. Arkansas Surgical Technology Schools1,122 Employed
  84. Arkansas Fashion Design Schools1,103 Employed
  85. Arkansas Interior Design Schools1,035 Employed
  86. Arkansas Biochemistry Schools977 Employed
  87. Arkansas Ministry Schools921 Employed
  88. Arkansas Mental Health Schools715 Employed
  89. Arkansas Criminology Schools715 Employed
  90. Arkansas Fire Science Schools707 Employed
  91. Arkansas Christian Counseling Schools672 Employed
  92. Arkansas Risk Management Schools654 Employed
  93. Arkansas Film Schools654 Employed
  94. Arkansas Video Production Schools654 Employed
  95. Arkansas School Psychology Schools654 Employed
  96. Arkansas Dental Hygienist Schools644 Employed
  97. Arkansas X Ray Technician Schools644 Employed
  98. Arkansas Business Management Schools586 Employed
  99. Arkansas Emergency Management Schools490 Employed
  100. Arkansas Health Information Management Schools490 Employed
  101. Arkansas Healthcare Management Schools490 Employed
  102. Arkansas Forestry Schools410 Employed
  103. Arkansas Carpentry Schools395 Employed
  104. Arkansas Physician Assistant Schools381 Employed
  105. Arkansas Fashion Schools381 Employed
  106. Arkansas Fashion Marketing Schools381 Employed
  107. Arkansas Fashion Merchandising Schools381 Employed
  108. Arkansas Medical Coding Schools317 Employed
  109. Arkansas Web Development Schools302 Employed
  110. Arkansas Sonography Schools277 Employed
  111. Arkansas Ultrasound Technology Schools277 Employed
  112. Arkansas Organizational Psychology Schools189 Employed
  113. Arkansas Biomedical Engineering Schools128 Employed
  114. Arkansas Hotel Management Schools76 Employed
  115. Arkansas Animation Schools33 Employed
  116. Arkansas Computer Animation Schools33 Employed
  117. Arkansas Video Game Design Schools33 Employed

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