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Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

SIC 8221 | NAICS 611310

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Colleges & Universities  (view report)
For-Profit Universities  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Private Colleges: Fact File

Fact file provides a snapshot of the U.S. nonprofit college and university sector, with topics covered in this section including student enrollment, number of institutions, student demographics, grant aid awards, Pell Grant awards, student-to-faculty ratio, student involvement in campus and community activities, nontraditional learning paths, impact of completion time on costs, and student loan levels.

National Center for Education Statistics
Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 3 - Post-Secondary Education

Digest statistical tables provide detailed data on higher education institutions, with topics covered by the digest including enrollment rates, enrollment levels and characteristics, student demographics, faculty and staff levels and characteristics, faculty salaries and benefits, degrees conferred, trends in degrees by field, student graduation rates, and revenues and expenditures by type of institution.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools  Search for "611310"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Colleges & Universities
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Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Association of University Professors
Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession

Annual salary survey provides compensation data for full-time faculty members by academic degree and rank (e.g., professor, associate, assistant, instructor, lecturer, and none), type of institution (e.g., public, private, and religious), gender, and region, and also provides compensation data for selected senior administrative job positions and part-time faculty members and graduate teaching assistants.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Information resources available from this organization include:

Faculty Salaries
Free online database provides faculty salaries by college or university, state, type of institution (2-year, 4-year, public, private, and for-profit), and Carnegie classification for over 4,700 institutions, with salary data available by gender and academic rank (e.g., professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer, and no rank) on a nine-month-equivalent contract year basis for the last 10 years.

Staff Salaries
Free online database provides full-time non-medical non-instructional staff salaries by institution, state, type of institution (e.g., two-year, four-year, public, private, and for-profit), and Carnegie classification for over 4,700 institutions, with salary data available by Standard Occupational Classification Manual (SOC) occupational categories on a twelve-month-equivalent contract year basis for the last 10 years.

National Center for Education Statistics
Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 3 - Faculty Salaries and Benefits

Digest statistical tables provide average salaries and average benefits for full-time instructional faculty members on nine month contracts by gender, state, academic year, academic degree (e.g., doctoral, master's, and other), academic rank (e.g., professor, associate, assistant, instructor, lecturer, and no rank), and type of educational institution (e.g., 2-year, 4-year, public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit).

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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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