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Wisconsin Schools

Academia in Wisconsin is a thriving field. The trends in Wisconsin's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Wisconsin By Profession

2,983 3,052 3,114 3,272
846 890 908 871
2,386 2,464 2,520 2,588
2,395 2,316 2,402 2,485
2,703 2,679 2,680 2,707
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 118 colleges and universities in Wisconsin grew from 11,313 members to 11,923.

This shows a 6% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Wisconsin.

Average faculty salaries in Wisconsin

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Wisconsin earn $55,066 per year on average. This is less than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. In Wisconsin, there is a 5% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Wisconsin

No data at this time.

Of the 9,182 college faculty in Wisconsin, 47% are tenured. Another 22% are on track to be tenured.

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

0% 1.02% 3.07% 3.92%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Wisconsin
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Wisconsin by 1% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 1%. This shows that in academia in Wisconsin, working part-time is becoming more popular.

National Vs. Wisconsin Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% -1.07% -2.48% 1.29%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Wisconsin
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Wisconsin

No data at this time.

In 2009 9% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 11% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Wisconsin

No data at this time.

National Vs. Wisconsin Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 12.72% 7.84% 8.74%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Wisconsin
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Wisconsin's minority faculty has seen a 13% 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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. Wisconsin Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 1.6% 0.53% 4.46%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Wisconsin
  • Light Blue: National

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

National Vs. Wisconsin Faculty Employment growth of women

0% -2.17% -1.16% 0.1%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Wisconsin
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Wisconsin Faculty employment by Gender

National Wisconsin
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Wisconsin


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

Currently Wisconsin has 40,609 graduate students and 323,069 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Wisconsin

11817 11945 11997 12436 10783
30539 30859 32239 31609 32008
927 1030 2262 2301 2267
7988 7670 8021 8326 9127
12889 14224 13109 15175 16281
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Wisconsin


A total of 19,049 students graduated from colleges and universities in Wisconsin in 2009. Of these students, 45% graduated from bachelors degree programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Wisconsin


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

Retention rates in Wisconsin

Returning Students 61%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Wisconsin state, 61 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 49 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Wisconsin

Graduation Students 49%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Wisconsin Students By Gender

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

The student population in Wisconsin is not very diverse. Of the 363,678 students studying in Wisconsin's institutions of higher learning, 58% are female, and 14% are from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Wisconsin Students Minorities

National Wisconsin
Minorities 29%
Minorities 14%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Wisconsin

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  2. Wisconsin Teaching Schools95,067 Employed
  3. Wisconsin Engineering Schools60,818 Employed
  4. Wisconsin Business Administration Schools58,150 Employed
  5. Wisconsin Management Schools43,777 Employed
  6. Wisconsin Art Schools38,902 Employed
  7. Wisconsin Information Systems Schools33,893 Employed
  8. Wisconsin Biology Schools33,420 Employed
  9. Wisconsin Law Schools32,277 Employed
  10. Wisconsin Design Schools27,797 Employed
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  13. Wisconsin Communications Schools24,116 Employed
  14. Wisconsin Liberal Arts Schools23,663 Employed
  15. Wisconsin Psychology Schools22,480 Employed
  16. Wisconsin MBA Schools21,239 Employed
  17. Wisconsin English Schools20,515 Employed
  18. Wisconsin Business Management Schools19,921 Employed
  19. Wisconsin Music Schools19,727 Employed
  20. Wisconsin Marketing Schools19,152 Employed
  21. Wisconsin Math Schools18,242 Employed
  22. Wisconsin Educational Leadership Schools18,074 Employed
  23. Wisconsin Chemistry Schools17,726 Employed
  24. Wisconsin Finance Schools17,428 Employed
  25. Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools17,400 Employed
  26. Wisconsin Information Technology Schools16,609 Employed
  27. Wisconsin BSN Schools16,357 Employed
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  31. Wisconsin Counseling Schools14,756 Employed
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  33. Wisconsin Theology Schools14,598 Employed
  34. Wisconsin Mechanical Engineering Schools14,301 Employed
  35. Wisconsin Health Science Schools14,265 Employed
  36. Wisconsin Property Management Schools14,192 Employed
  37. Wisconsin History Schools13,967 Employed
  38. Wisconsin Graphic Design Schools13,342 Employed
  39. Wisconsin Visual Communications Schools12,853 Employed
  40. Wisconsin Civil Engineering Schools12,468 Employed
  41. Wisconsin International Business Schools12,419 Employed
  42. Wisconsin Architecture Schools11,999 Employed
  43. Wisconsin Fire Science Schools11,653 Employed
  44. Wisconsin Computer Networking Schools11,575 Employed
  45. Wisconsin Sociology Schools11,413 Employed
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  48. Wisconsin Veterinary Schools10,689 Employed
  49. Wisconsin Human Services Schools10,463 Employed
  50. Wisconsin Political Science Schools10,406 Employed
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  54. Wisconsin Nutrition Schools9,791 Employed
  55. Wisconsin Social Work Schools9,518 Employed
  56. Wisconsin Human Resources Schools9,393 Employed
  57. Wisconsin Computer Programming Schools9,005 Employed
  58. Wisconsin Special Education Schools8,876 Employed
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  60. Wisconsin Computer Engineering Schools8,831 Employed
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  72. Wisconsin Hospitality Schools6,130 Employed
  73. Wisconsin Risk Management Schools6,045 Employed
  74. Wisconsin Biomedical Engineering Schools6,003 Employed
  75. Wisconsin Physical Therapy Schools5,464 Employed
  76. Wisconsin Sports Medicine Schools5,273 Employed
  77. Wisconsin Medical Coding Schools5,202 Employed
  78. Wisconsin Respiratory Therapy Schools5,178 Employed
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  86. Wisconsin Public Relations Schools3,542 Employed
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  90. Wisconsin Fashion Schools3,384 Employed
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  92. Wisconsin Computer Science Schools3,204 Employed
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  98. Wisconsin Fashion Design Schools2,470 Employed
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  103. Wisconsin Sonography Schools1,495 Employed
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  106. Wisconsin Video Production Schools1,448 Employed
  107. Wisconsin Sports Management Schools1,394 Employed
  108. Wisconsin Game Design Schools1,350 Employed
  109. Wisconsin Game Development Schools1,350 Employed
  110. Wisconsin X Ray Technician Schools1,247 Employed
  111. Wisconsin Software Engineering Schools1,234 Employed
  112. Wisconsin Clinical Psychology Schools1,204 Employed
  113. Wisconsin Criminology Schools1,097 Employed
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  115. Wisconsin Music Therapy Schools727 Employed
  116. Wisconsin Restaurant Management Schools517 Employed
  117. Wisconsin Mental Health Schools429 Employed
  118. Wisconsin Project Management Schools355 Employed
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  121. Wisconsin Sports Psychology Schools262 Employed
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