by Karlyn Borysenko
Leadership Content Director
We’ll wrap up our live blogging of the ACE Annual Meeting with a session on the results of the 2014 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents. In this year’s survey, 846 presidents responded. Here are the highlights:
- Half of campus leaders agree with President Obama’s plan to collect and report data on college outcomes…but just 13% are confident the data will be accurately collected and reported.
- Breaking that down further, 9% of private college leaders and 15% of public CEOs said government has a “good chance” of collecting and reporting accurately on outcomes.
- Many more CEOs say institutions should report various student outcomes than say that they actually do.
- Just 9% said it was easy to find outcomes data on their website, though the majority agree that it should be easy.
- A majority of presidents say their institution publishes institution-level loan debt and job placement rates of graduates, but less than a third say they publish the starting salaries of alumni.
- About half of presidents are confident about the sustainability of their institution’s financial model over the next 10 years.
- Five percent of all presidents strongly agree that the economic downturn that started in 2008 is effectively over at their institution. For profit presidents are the most optimistic.
- 18% of presidents agree with the statement that “reports that a significant number of higher education institutions are facing existential financial crisis are overblown.” 60% disagree.
- 53% of presidents say new spending will come from reallocated dollars rather than increase in net revenue.
- Seven in ten presidents believe that colleges and universities must improve how they respond to allegations of sexual assault on campus. Even so, the majority of presidents say their institutions handle these situations appropriately.
- 90% of presidents say that, generally speaking, the state of race relations on their campus is good or excellent.
- 94% of presidents oppose the stance taken by the American Studies Association to back a boycott of Israeli universities.