ALBION, Mich. - In separate reports about higher education staffing, a Michigan newspaper says that more colleges and universities are reducing faculty while another report says total higher education employment is stable even in light of the recession.

Albion College announced recently that it will eliminate the equivalent of 15 full-time faculty positions and drop its computer science and physical education majors, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.

A spokesman for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities told the Enquirer that more institutions are reducing faculty due to smaller endowments and student need for financial assistance.

A separate report posted at said that the total number of jobs in higher education increased about 5 percent from December 2007 to March 2010, despite overall U.S. employment losses.

That report, from HigherEd Jobs, is based on Bureau of Labor statistics and on job openings posted by colleges and universities. It indicated that growth in part-time jobs in higher education is moderating and that while the number of jobs at community colleges continues to increase, the percent of community college jobs as a percent of all higher education jobs has declined slightly, reported.

The Battle Creek Enquirer, "Albion College not alone in cutting faculty, "May 21, 2010, "Higher education jobs increase 47 percent in April," May 19, 2010