Administrators have assignments which require management of the institution, or a customarily recognized department or subdivision thereof. Assignments require the performance of work directly related to management policies or general business operations of the institution, department or subdivision. Assignments in this category customarily and regularly require the incumbent to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

Faculty have assignments for the purpose of conducting instruction, research or public service as a principal activity (or activities).

Exempt Professional Staff perform academic support, student service and institutional support. Exempt Professional Staff are not subject to FLSA overtime provisions and are paid an annual salary for all hours worked. Exempt employees include, but are not limited to, the following: professionals; those who exercise independent judgment and discretion in their roles; and/or those who manage other people.

Non-exempt Staff can be hourly or salaried. They are typically administrative, operational or production employees.

Adjunct Faculty (whether full-time or part-time) are only included for participating Associate/Community Colleges.

The Great Colleges job categories correlate to the IPEDS categorizations as follows:

Great Colleges Job Category IPEDS Categorizations
Faculty Full-time
Instructional Staff
Research
Public Service
Administration Management
Business & Financial Operations
Adjunct Faculty Part-time
Instructional Staff
Research
Public Service
Non-exempt Staff Service Occupations
Office and Administrative Support
Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving

The specific job roles under each job category appear in the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey© as follows:

  • Administration
  • Faculty
  • Exempt Professional Staff
  • Non-exempt Staff
  • Executive
  • Chancellor/President
  • Vice Chancellor/Vice President
  • Provost
  • Vice Provost
  • Associate/Assistant Provost
  • Associate Vice President
  • Assistant Vice President
  • School Director
  • Administrator
  • Director
  • Associate Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Dean
  • Associate Dean
  • Assistant Dean
  • Dean-Non-faculty
  • Other
  • Department Chair
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Visiting Professor
  • Clinical Faculty
  • Research Faculty
  • Research Associate
  • Other
  • Administrative Professionals (Secretarial/Clerical)
  • Advisor/Counselor
  • Analyst
  • Food Service Workers
  • Grounds Staff/Housekeeping
  • Manager
  • Motor Vehicle Operators
  • Police/Security Guard
  • Professional
  • Service Maintenance/Skilled Crafts
  • Specialist
  • Technical/Paraprofessional
  • Other
  • Administrative Professionals (Secretarial/Clerical)
  • Advisor/Counselor
  • Analyst
  • Food Service Workers
  • Grounds Staff/Housekeeping
  • Manager
  • Motor Vehicle Operators
  • Police/Security Guard
  • Professional
  • Service Maintenance/Skilled Crafts
  • Specialist
  • Technical/Paraprofessional
  • Other