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Thank you to the 464 of you that took the time to share your thoughts with us about your reasons for working in higher education, what has surprised you and, for those of you that have been in higher education for a while, what has changed.  Here is the first of several posts that will share results from the survey.


For those of you that haven’t heard of the surveys, a few months ago we asked people who had been in higher ed for less than a year to share their thoughts with us through a survey link.  And 45 people did.  As we looked through the data, we wondered how higher education veterans might respond to similar (and other) questions, so asked them to let us know their thoughts.  And 421 industry veterans did. 


The questions we posed to both groups were:

  • How long have you been working in higher education?
  • What made you decide to work in higher education?
  • What has surprised you so far (newbies) / when you first began working in higher education (veterans)?


And the additional questions asked only to those that had been in higher ed for awhile were:

  • What has been the most significant change (either positive or negative) in the higher education “industry” since you began working in it?
  • What advice would you give to someone just beginning to work in higher ed (in a similar position to your own)?
  • How do you think higher education will change over the next decade, for better or for worse?


Before we share the full set of results, we’ll share information about the types of people, and from what kinds of organizations they came from.


The 464 respondents have been in the industry for various lengths of time:


And the respondents come from a variety of positions within higher ed:


Stay tuned for further results next week.

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