Campus leaders weighed in on timely topics such as affirmative action, the potential impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the security of their jobs in Inside Higher Ed's new Survey of College & University Presidents, the third annual survey of campus chief executives.
- A slim majority predict that the U.S. Supreme Court will impose only “modest” limits on the use of race in admissions. Only 58 percent of campus leaders agreed or strongly agreed that consideration of race in admissions has had "a mostly positive effect on education" at their institutions, and only 70 percent said the use of race in admissions has had a "mostly positive effect on higher education generally."
- Presidents remain unpersuaded by MOOC mania, but 60 percent of presidents agree or strongly agree that awarding academic credit based on students’ competency rather than seat time holds “great potential” for higher education.
- Seven in 10 presidents said their institutions would face budget shortfalls and increased competition for students this year, but fewer than a third said they expected to take the sort of strong actions that would suggest deep concern about their institutions’ financial futures.
- Fewer than 8 in 10 presidents say they are confident that they will decide when they leave their jobs.
- Two-thirds of presidents expect cuts to federal research and student aid funds, and 78 percent expect an increase in federal regulation of higher ed. In sum: Fewer than 1 percent of presidents strongly agree the federal government is “likely to provide solutions for key problems facing higher education in this country.”
The 2013 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Presidents, the latest in our series of surveys of senior campus officials about key, time-sensitive issues in higher education, was conducted in collaboration with Gallup.