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Library SACS Accreditation 2015: Staff to Student Ratio

Data and resources for our upcoming SACS review.

Library staff to student ratios

Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

According to the 2012 biennial statistical survey of academic libraries by the Dept. of Education's National Center for Education Statistics San Antonio College is well below the state and national averages for the staffing ratio of librarians and library staff to students.

SAC is also dead last in library staffing compared to other VLCCs – Very Large Community Colleges – such as Austin, Houston, Miami Dade, Richland, etc. (See full comparative statistics below.)

SAC 2012 -  1.71 librarians and staff per 1000 FTE student

State average 2012 - 7.46

National average 2012 - 8.36

As of January 2015, 3.5 additional librarian retirements and various unfilled library staff positions places SAC at .10 librarians and staff per 1000 FTE student.

How does this staffing level affect student success? SAC Library now only has 5 full-time librarians to serve the research needs of staff, faculty and a student population of over 20,000. The loss of manhours due to the retirements of experienced faculty will increase the stress on the library's staff and will impair student services and library operations such as reference assistance and library instruction. SAC has also chosen “information literacy” as the college’s QEP focus over the next five years. Without more library staff the college’s current QEP goals are not achievable.

 

A note about the college's Information Literacy QEP:

  • SAC has the worst student:librarian ratio of our peer group institutions (see NCES 2012 data: http://sacguide.libguides.com/content.php?pid=545813&sid=4495506)
  • January 2015 – 2 more librarians will retire, further impairing customer service and library operations
  • Spring 2015 - 5 librarians will absorb 32 hours of reference desk service and collection development responsibilities left open from those 2 retirements
  • Spring 2015 – only 4 of these 5 librarians are involved in library instruction prep and teaching
  • Spring 2015 – a new full-time staff librarian might be hired, but this position’s primary duties will be technical services, not instruction
  • Spring 2015 – the library instruction coordinator and scheduler will work together to maintain current levels of library instruction (no more than 200 classes a semester)
  • see also: Ranger article

Library staff to student ratios 2012

Comparison of Library Staff-to-Student ratios at Alamo Colleges

 

FTE Librarians

FTE Staff

Headcount Fall 2012

 

FTE Students

Fall 2012

All Staff-to-headcount ratio

Librarian-to-FTE Student ratio

San Antonio Coll.

8.5

7

20,061

12,973 

1 to 1,294

1 to  1,526

St. Philips/SWC

8.5

5

10,680

5,078 

1 to 791

1 to 597

Northwest Vista

7

9

16,505

4,273 

1 to 1,031

1 to  610

Palo Alto

 4.63

 6.08

8,650

3,805 

1 to 808 

1 to  822

Northeast Lakeview

3

4.5

5,535

334 

1 to 738

1 to  111

 

 

NLC Enrollment:  5535 (including SAC @ NLC)

NVC Enrollment:  16505

PAC Enrollment:  8650

SAC Enrollment: 20061

SPC Enrollment:  10680

NCES Academic Libraries Survey 2012

Averages Total FTE 12-Month enrollment Librarians Other Professional Staff Librarians & Other Professional Staff Per 1,000 FTE Students Total Staff Total Staff Per 1,000 FTE Students
San Antonio College, TX 12,973 8.5 1 0.73 22.12 1.71
Comparison Group Average
17,140 18.05 2.5 1.2 49.34 2.98
STATE AVERAGE 4,913 9.5 2.82 3.6 31.69 7.46
NATIONAL AVERAGE 3,878 7.7 2.5 3.97 25.25 8.36
Comparison Group Median 12,509 16 1 1.01 50.5 2.76
STATE MEDIAN 2,018 4 0.77 1.79 12.18 4.68
NATIONAL MEDIAN 1,508 3.75 0.75 2.27 10 5.19
Comparison Group:
Library Name Total FTE 12-Month Enrollment Librarians Other Professional Staff Librarians & Other Professional Staff Per 1,000 FTE Students Total 
Staff
Total Staff Per 1,000 FTE Students
Austin Community College District, TX 22,180 37 1 1.71 75 3.38
Colllin County Community College District, TX 15,807 16 Not Reported 1.01 50.5 3.19
Del Mar College, TX 6,386 6.4 0 1 27.6 4.32
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA 12,509 23.05 Not Reported 1.84 51.54 4.12
Houston Community College, TX 33,803 42 0 1.24 64 1.89
Miami Dade College, FL 41,588 21.25 17 0.92 132.55 3.19
Northwest Vista College, TX 8,193 7 1 0.98 22 2.69
Palo Alto College, TX 4,273 4.63 0 1.08 10.71 2.51
Richland College, TX 10,271 8.75 1 0.95 22.3 2.17
St Philip's College, TX 5,078 8.5 0 1.67 14 2.76
Tarrant County College District, TX 28,452 24 Not Reported 0.84 72.5 2.55

Statistics gathered from the NCES Library Comparison database: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/compare/Default.aspx

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