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  • Career Center Physical Attributes: Square Footage, Number of Interview Rooms

    April 20, 2016 | By NACE Staff

    Organizational Structure
    A career services building on a college campus.

    TAGS: surveys, benchmarks, spotlight

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    When it comes to measuring the physical attributes of career centers, it’s clear that there is nothing “typical” about these offices.

    NACE’s 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey asked about the physical attributes of career centers in three ways: square footage of the office, the number of rooms used for interviewing, and the number of rooms used exclusively for interviewing. Results were reported by Carnegie Classification.

    Physical attributes varied widely. As expected, career services offices at Doctoral (particularly Research 1 and Research 2) institutions enjoy the largest facilities, boasting the greatest amount of square footage and number of interview rooms, both general and exclusive. (See Figure 1.)

    On the other hand, career centers at Master’s 2, Baccalaureate Diverse, and Associate’s institutions were the smallest, having the least square footage and featuring a minimal number of interview rooms.

    Data for NACE’s 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey Report for Colleges and Universities were collected from September 14, 2015, to December 23, 2015, from NACE member institutions; there were 842 respondents, representing 42.9 percent of all eligible respondents. Highlights from the survey are available on NACEWeb. Participating career centers receive a complimentary copy of the survey results (see MyNACE > Research Reports).

    Figure 1: Physical attributes of the career center, by Carnegie Classification

      Doctoral Master’s Baccalaureate Assoc.
    R1 R2 R3 M1 M2 M3 A&S Diverse
    Square footage
    of office
    Percentile 25 800 1,000 750 800 450 600 800 200 200
    Mean 5,508 3,838 2,404 2,155 987 909 1,513 627 671
    Median 3,880 3,500 2,106 1,500 800 670 1,348 552 500
    Percentile 75 7,000 6,000 3,200 2,500 1,400 1,217 1,925 945 1,000
    No. of
    interview rooms
    Percentile 25 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Mean 12 8 4 3 2 2 2 3 3
    Median 10 6 3 2 2 1 2 1 1
    Percentile 75 16 10 5 4 2 2 3 3 3
    No. of exclusive
    interview rooms
    Percentile 25 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mean 8 7 2 2 1 1 1 1 0
    Median 6 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Percentile 75 12 10 4 2 1 1 1 1 0
    Source: 2015-16 Career Services Benchmark Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers