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Rhode Island Schools

The field of academia is a thriving field in Rhode Island. The trends in Rhode Island's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Rhode Island By Profession

125 131 114 101
173 176 167 162
859 900 912 896
808 829 849 872
1,279 1,297 1,260 1,273
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 3,304 higher education faculty at the 24 colleges and universities in Rhode Island, where in 2006 there were 3,244.

This shows a 2% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Rhode Island.

Average faculty salaries in Rhode Island

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

In Rhode Island, on average, higher education faculty make $73,185 per year, which is more than what faculty earn around the country, which averages $57,293 per year. And generally, in Rhode Island, male faculty earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Rhode Island

No data at this time.

Approximately 53% of Rhode Island's 3,045 college faculty members are tenured, while 18% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Rhode Island 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. Rhode Island Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 3.84% 0.86% 1.78%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Rhode Island
  • Light Blue: National

In Rhode Island the number of full-time faculty in the state has grown by 2%. Similarly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has also increased by 66%. This shows that in academia in Rhode Island, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Rhode Island Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 13.04% 16.61% 66.35%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Rhode Island
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Rhode Island

No data at this time.

And 4% of part-time faculty in Rhode Island belonged to an ethnic or racial minority in 2009. While as many as 10% of full-time faculty in Rhode Island identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Rhode Island

No data at this time.

National Vs. Rhode Island Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 8.52% -7.17% 8.07%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Rhode Island
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Rhode Island's minority faculty has seen a 2% decrease. This is not in line 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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. Rhode Island Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 5.69% 6.67% 19.03%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Rhode Island
  • Light Blue: National

While the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Rhode Island, the percentage of women has increased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Rhode Island Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 8.68% 6.13% 30.89%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Rhode Island
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Rhode Island Faculty employment by Gender

National Rhode Island
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 47%
Women 53%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Rhode Island


As the number of higher education faculty in Rhode Island has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently Rhode Island has 10,787 graduate students and 76,145 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Rhode Island

3662 3616 3469 3953 3467
9053 9185 9750 9471 9741
261 249 293 393 542
1985 1795 1832 1943 2291
1873 1797 2128 1811 1825
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Rhode Island


In Rhode Island, 6,294 students graduated from institutions of higher learning in 2009. Approximately 55% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 16% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Rhode Island


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Rhode Island.

Retention rates in Rhode Island

Returning Students 65%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Rhode Island, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 65 students return to school the following year and 60 students eventually graduate. And nationally, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Rhode Island

Graduation Students 60%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Rhode Island Students By Gender

National Rhode Island
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 42%
Women 58%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Rhode Island is not very diverse. Of the 86,932 students studying in Rhode Island's institutions of higher learning, 58% are female, and 17% 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. Rhode Island Students Minorities

National Rhode Island
Minorities 29%
Minorities 17%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Rhode Island

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  1. Rhode Island Business Schools29,035 Employed
  2. Rhode Island Teaching Schools25,223 Employed
  3. Rhode Island Biology Schools17,271 Employed
  4. Rhode Island Engineering Schools16,110 Employed
  5. Rhode Island Art Schools13,092 Employed
  6. Rhode Island Psychology Schools9,820 Employed
  7. Rhode Island Music Schools8,949 Employed
  8. Rhode Island Math Schools8,653 Employed
  9. Rhode Island Physics Schools8,564 Employed
  10. Rhode Island Liberal Arts Schools8,104 Employed
  11. Rhode Island Chemistry Schools8,103 Employed
  12. Rhode Island English Schools6,324 Employed
  13. Rhode Island Business Administration Schools6,132 Employed
  14. Rhode Island Information Systems Schools6,088 Employed
  15. Rhode Island Finance Schools5,907 Employed
  16. Rhode Island Law Schools5,707 Employed
  17. Rhode Island Information Technology Schools4,357 Employed
  18. Rhode Island Architecture Schools4,277 Employed
  19. Rhode Island MBA Schools3,929 Employed
  20. Rhode Island Communications Schools3,926 Employed
  21. Rhode Island Public Administration Schools3,804 Employed
  22. Rhode Island Accounting Schools3,743 Employed
  23. Rhode Island Marketing Schools3,743 Employed
  24. Rhode Island Educational Leadership Schools3,736 Employed
  25. Rhode Island Public Health Schools3,666 Employed
  26. Rhode Island History Schools3,544 Employed
  27. Rhode Island Political Science Schools3,544 Employed
  28. Rhode Island Special Education Schools3,474 Employed
  29. Rhode Island Human Services Schools3,404 Employed
  30. Rhode Island Hospitality Schools3,339 Employed
  31. Rhode Island Management Schools3,243 Employed
  32. Rhode Island Computer Networking Schools3,228 Employed
  33. Rhode Island Social Work Schools3,176 Employed
  34. Rhode Island Sociology Schools3,162 Employed
  35. Rhode Island International Business Schools2,902 Employed
  36. Rhode Island Health Science Schools2,859 Employed
  37. Rhode Island Elementary Education Schools2,810 Employed
  38. Rhode Island Nutrition Schools2,738 Employed
  39. Rhode Island Theology Schools2,646 Employed
  40. Rhode Island Early Childhood Education Schools2,641 Employed
  41. Rhode Island Human Resources Schools2,554 Employed
  42. Rhode Island BSN Schools2,450 Employed
  43. Rhode Island Forensic Nursing Schools2,450 Employed
  44. Rhode Island Nursing Schools2,450 Employed
  45. Rhode Island RN to BSN Schools2,450 Employed
  46. Rhode Island Counseling Schools2,396 Employed
  47. Rhode Island Biochemistry Schools2,354 Employed
  48. Rhode Island Criminal Justice Schools2,177 Employed
  49. Rhode Island Computer Engineering Schools2,176 Employed
  50. Rhode Island Healthcare Administration Schools2,154 Employed
  51. Rhode Island Speech Therapy Schools2,048 Employed
  52. Rhode Island Veterinary Schools2,048 Employed
  53. Rhode Island Mechanical Engineering Schools2,017 Employed
  54. Rhode Island Biomedical Engineering Schools1,977 Employed
  55. Rhode Island School Psychology Schools1,866 Employed
  56. Rhode Island Creative Writing Schools1,756 Employed
  57. Rhode Island Film Schools1,681 Employed
  58. Rhode Island Video Production Schools1,681 Employed
  59. Rhode Island Paralegal Schools1,534 Employed
  60. Rhode Island Fashion Schools1,369 Employed
  61. Rhode Island Fashion Marketing Schools1,369 Employed
  62. Rhode Island Advertising Schools1,369 Employed
  63. Rhode Island Public Relations Schools1,369 Employed
  64. Rhode Island Electrical Engineering Schools1,338 Employed
  65. Rhode Island Fashion Design Schools1,260 Employed
  66. Rhode Island Radiology Technology Schools1,228 Employed
  67. Rhode Island Fire Science Schools1,184 Employed
  68. Rhode Island Small Business Schools1,155 Employed
  69. Rhode Island Property Management Schools1,152 Employed
  70. Rhode Island Computer Programming Schools1,152 Employed
  71. Rhode Island Computer Science Schools1,104 Employed
  72. Rhode Island Design Schools1,080 Employed
  73. Rhode Island Culinary Schools1,035 Employed
  74. Rhode Island Supply Chain Management Schools1,024 Employed
  75. Rhode Island Civil Engineering Schools1,024 Employed
  76. Rhode Island Clinical Psychology Schools1,024 Employed
  77. Rhode Island Criminology Schools1,024 Employed
  78. Rhode Island Physical Therapy Schools1,024 Employed
  79. Rhode Island Journalism Schools1,024 Employed
  80. Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Schools993 Employed
  81. Rhode Island Physical Therapy Assistant Schools993 Employed
  82. Rhode Island Graphic Design Schools953 Employed
  83. Rhode Island Visual Communications Schools849 Employed
  84. Rhode Island Medical Billing Schools839 Employed
  85. Rhode Island Sonography Schools812 Employed
  86. Rhode Island Ultrasound Technology Schools812 Employed
  87. Rhode Island Web Development Schools807 Employed
  88. Rhode Island Dental Hygienist Schools807 Employed
  89. Rhode Island Respiratory Therapy Schools807 Employed
  90. Rhode Island X Ray Technician Schools807 Employed
  91. Rhode Island Business Management Schools807 Employed
  92. Rhode Island Construction Management Schools568 Employed
  93. Rhode Island Mental Health Schools421 Employed
  94. Rhode Island Forensic Psychology Schools382 Employed
  95. Rhode Island Healthcare Management Schools377 Employed
  96. Rhode Island Organizational Psychology Schools377 Employed
  97. Rhode Island Drafting Schools345 Employed
  98. Rhode Island Fashion Merchandising Schools345 Employed
  99. Rhode Island Restaurant Management Schools345 Employed
  100. Rhode Island Hotel Management Schools345 Employed
  101. Rhode Island Software Engineering Schools345 Employed
  102. Rhode Island Industrial Design Schools236 Employed
  103. Rhode Island Carpentry Schools236 Employed
  104. Rhode Island Surgical Technology Schools186 Employed
  105. Rhode Island Interior Design Schools186 Employed
  106. Rhode Island Medical Coding Schools5 Employed

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