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The Almanac, 2020-2021

The Chronicle’s annual compendium of data


Planning for the future in the wake of the vast social and economic disruption caused by the pandemic is a complex undertaking. How will next year’s budgets shake out? How will institutions pay for a hybrid model of remote and on-campus engagement? How will they manage and maintain quality student experiences and support faculty and other staff? What are competitive colleges doing across the country? The Almanac can help make sense of the rapidly shifting climate.

Explore the sections below, and visit The Chronicle Store to get your copy of the print or interactive PDF editions. You can also purchase data sets from which the tables and charts were produced.

  • Data Points

    What is the state of colleges, faculty members, and students in America in 2020? What can a detailed look at growing student-loan debt tell us about borrowers? How has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced higher education?
  • Faculty

    This year’s faculty data cover diversity, faculty characteristics, and pay. New this year is a table on the ratio of graduate assistants to faculty members at public and private doctoral and master’s institutions.
  • Students

    Enrollment, aid, and student characteristics are the focus of this year’s data. New tables include three on Pell Grant recipients: by family income, which colleges in each sector enrolled the most, and how the average Pell Grant has changed over time.
  • Outcomes

    This year’s outcomes data cover degrees, graduates, and debt. New tables this year look at student-loan debt across age groups, sizes of debt, loan statuses, and which sectors produce the most debt.
  • Administration

    Administration data cover staff pay, executive pay, and staff characteristics, such as diversity. New this year are tables that examine the racial and gender composition of noninstructional staff members.
  • Finances

    The data in this year’s section cover tuition and fees, donations and endowments, and revenue and expenditures. A new table examines colleges with the greatest gaps between instruction spending and tuition revenue.
  • States

    Data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia cover statewide demographics, as well as faculty pay by position and student enrollment by race and ethnicity.