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Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans.Education
Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.
Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.Important Qualities
Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.
Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.
Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.
Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.Advancement
Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.
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Hispanic or Latino10.0%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix17.1%
Nova Southeastern University7.8%
New York University5.7%
University of Pennsylvania5.7%
University of Iowa4.7%
Texas Tech University4.1%
Ohio University -3.6%
Michigan State University3.6%
University of Maryland - College Park3.6%
West Virginia University3.6%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee3.6%
University of Alabama3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate Dean||University of Kentucky||Lexington, KY||Jan 07, 2016||$274,500|
|Professor and Associate Dean||University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey||Newark, NJ||Jun 01, 2013||$220,000|
|Associate Provost & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies||The New School||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2015||$200,000|
|Associate Provost & Dean of Hybrid Design Studies||The New School||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$200,000|
|Professor and Associate Dean||California Lutheran University||Thousand Oaks, CA||Jan 22, 2012||$188,800|
|Associate Dean of The Graham School of Business||York College of Pennsylvania||York, PA||Jan 08, 2016||$175,000|
|Associate Dean for Research||University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, ND||Jan 07, 2016||$155,000|
|Associate Dean||Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, MI||Apr 01, 2015||$138,000|
|Associate Dean||State University of New York at Buffalo||Buffalo, NY||Jun 28, 2010||$120,192|
|Associate Dean and Associate University Librarian||The Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||Jan 06, 2016||$120,000|
|Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Academ||North Carolina State University||Raleigh, NC||Jul 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Associate Dean||North Carolina State University||Raleigh, NC||Nov 17, 2011||$120,000|
|Associate Dean||Kennesaw State University||Kennesaw, GA||Jul 01, 2010||$120,000|
|Associate Dean||University of California, San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$117,000|
|Interim Campus Associate Dean and Assistant Profes||Oregon Health & Science University||Monmouth, OR||Jul 01, 2014||$105,584|
|Associate Dean of Marquand Chapel||Yale University||New Haven, CT||Jul 01, 2011||$105,000|
|Associate Dean and Director||Texas A&M University||College Station, TX||Jul 21, 2014||$104,000|
|Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs||Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, NH||Aug 01, 2016||$102,062|
|Associate Vice Dean for Scientific Computation||Temple University--A Commonwealth University||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 01, 2011||$100,000|
|Associate Dean||Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, NH||Feb 13, 2014||$95,506|
|Associate Dean||Suny Empire State College||Saratoga Springs, NY||Sep 04, 2012||$90,000|
|Associate Dean of Academics||Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 01, 2015||$86,861 -
|Associate Dean for Academic Affairs||Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||Jun 24, 2010||$82,506|
|Associate Dean of Stem||Leap Academy University Charter School||Camden, NJ||Aug 23, 2011||$81,078|
|Associate Dean for Global Initiatives/Special Advisor||The University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Aug 15, 2016||$80,163 -
|Associate Dean of Stem||Leap Academy University Charter School||Camden, NJ||Aug 23, 2011||$79,862 -
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