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Survey on student transfer finds both progress and finger pointing

Student transfer is an increasing priority for officials at two- and four-year colleges alike, but they blame each other for flaws in the process. Experts want them to focus on the students' needs.

2020 Survey of Admissions Leaders

Record numbers were concerned about filling their classes and expect enrollment to decline. Most who went test optional expect to stay that way.

COVID-19's Forceful Financial Hit: A Survey of Business Officers

July 11, 2020 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2020 Survey of College and University Business Officers was conducted by Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors will analyze the survey’s findings and answer readers’ questions in a free webcast. To register, please click here.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of business officers was made possible in part by support from Accenture, Jenzabar, Oracle, Syntellis and TouchNet.

College presidents increasingly worried about perceived value of degrees

Survey finds campus leaders remain most concerned about COVID-19's impact on institutional finances and on students, particularly disadvantaged ones. Confidence about the fall is mixed. And they're divided on whether to expect racial protests this fall.

Presidents' biggest COVID-19 worries? Low-income students and colleges' financial strain

New survey of college leaders' perspectives on the impact of the coronavirus reveals deep concern about impact on neediest students, uncertainty about the future and signs that some recent changes may stick.

College presidents fear financial -- and human -- toll of coronavirus on their campuses

March 27, 2020 -- "Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Survey of College and University Presidents" is available, free, for download here.

The survey was conducted by Hanover Research on behalf of Inside Higher Ed.

Inside Higher Ed's editors led a webcast discussion of the survey's results on Wednesday, April 1, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Please click here to view a recording.

The survey was made possible by advertising support from Cengage Learning, Everspring, Huron, Liaison and Wiley.

Student Affairs Leaders on Mental Health, Race Relations, Free Speech and More

March 26, 2020 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2020 Survey of College and University Student Affairs Officers was conducted by Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On Tuesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will present a free webcast to discuss the results of the survey. Please register here.

The Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Student Affairs Officers was made possible in part with support from Everfi and Kognito.

Survey of presidents reveals growing divide in confidence, opposition to free college and broad debt forgiveness

March 13, 2020 --  Inside Higher Ed's 2020 Survey of College and University Presidents, conducted by Gallup, can be downloaded here, free.

Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On Thursday, April 16, Inside Higher Ed will present a free webcast to discuss the results of the survey. Please register here.

The Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents was made possible in part with support from Everfi, EY Parthenon, Gallup, Canvas by Instructure, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Wiley Education Services.

Report: Focus on Perseverance, Not Persistence

New research on adult students who are trying to earn college degrees found that it's more apt to talk about perseverance rather than persistence.

Adults tend to have more stops and starts as they progress toward a degree, according to the joint report from the Graduate! Network, a consortium of providers and institutions serving adult learners, and New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

One in five of these students, called "comebackers" in the report, will stop out of college one or more times before graduation, the report found. But these students don't see these stopouts as a sign of giving up. Instead, they see them as times when they can lay the groundwork for the future.

Some of the barriers adult students face could be resolved, though. For one in 10 who graduated, the barrier they faced in doing so was administrative. It could be paying off a balance due to the college or filing an application.

Sometimes, colleges would grant degrees to students when they re-enrolled because they recognized transfer credit or, at community colleges, recognized classes taken at a four-year college in a reverse-transfer model. Nearly two-thirds of adult students who had dropped out of college after two years of progress had earned nearly four years' worth of credit, according to the report.

The biggest motivation to persevere for nearly 90 percent of these students was supportive faculty and staff at their colleges.

The report recommends that colleges recognize these students' potential, target these students with campaigns that encourage them to finish their degrees, end policies that punish students for holding institutional debt, waive application fees and embed certificates into degree programs, among other things.

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An ongoing survey shows that people of color have been disproportionately affected by the economic effects of the pandemic, and large numbers say they would need more education if laid off.

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