Inside the Minds of College Presidents

Presidential Perspectives is an outgrowth of a survey by Inside Higher Ed that was conducted at the annual ACE meeting. 956 “campus executives” participated in the survey that dealt with presidential concerns and their strategies in dealing with them. Not surprisingly, budgetary problems topped the list, while not far behind was the drop in state funding. A good overview of the process is provided here along with a section entitled “Faculty as Target.” In this review is also the salient point that: “…results prompted some survey respondents and commentators on the results to fret that college leaders may be underestimating the extent to which the current financial climate represents a permanent shift in higher education financing, and failing to respond dramatically enough.”

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