Archive for Surveys

What Concerns Do Student Affairs Officials Have?

This 2020 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Student Affairs Officers highlights the multitudinous concerns that govern these administrators’ days. From student mental health to homelessness on campus to fraternities/sororities, the scope and depth of the issues confronting both students and those who assist them is quite revealing. And in light of the impact that COVID-19 has had in disrupting students’ lives, this survey proves its value.

Among the findings:

Nearly all student affairs officers say they spent significant time in the past year responding to matters related to student mental health (94 percent) and student well-being (91 percent). Fifty-five percent of all student affairs officers, including 73 percent of those at public colleges, spent considerable time addressing student hunger and homelessness. Half of student affairs officers report they spent time addressing race relations on campus.

Student affairs officers were less likely to say they spent a lot of time on substance abuse, interpersonal violence, free expression on campus, and Greek life, but majorities of those working at public doctoral colleges indicate they spent a lot of time on the last three of those issues.

By 49 percent to 25 percent, student affairs officers agree rather than disagree that the needs of residential students dominate their agenda. The level of agreement is much higher among those at colleges with a high proportion of undergraduates living on campus.

Fifty-eight percent of student affairs officers agree their college’s president is familiar enough with student affairs issues that when he or she makes a decision on such matters, it is the right one.(6)



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College Presidents’ Response to the COVID-19 Crisis.

A timely survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed and sponsored by Wiley  garnered almost two hundred responses from college and university presidents. Concerns centered around such topics as: near-term vs long-term issues, maintaining the mental and physical well-being of students and staff, continuing student engagement, instructing faculty in online teaching, and resumption of in-person classes.

A lot of data is presented in fourteen pages.

4-27-20 Update: A new survey of an additional 178 college and university presidents has just been released.

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Health Instruments for Pandemic Stress

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies has issued a preliminary list of measurements covering pandemic stress and trauma. As of this writing there are 17 tools included; the criteria include age group, setting, and format, among others as well as a link to the measures themselves.

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Availability of Acute Care Resources

Of late, many numbers are being tossed around about the number of acute care beds, ICU beds, and ventilators. This survey from the Society for Critical Care Medicine is probably the most recent and authoritative one to date detailing what are actually at hand.

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What Are College/University Presidents Thinking About?

Obviously a lot, according to the 2020 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents.

Some of the concerns are apparent from the snapshot of findings:

■ Sixty-nine percent of college presidents are confident their institution will be financially stable over the next five years, a new high in the Inside Higher Ed survey. The 57 percent who are confident in their institution’s finances over the next 10 years ties last year’s percentage as the highest to date.
■ Nearly two-thirds of chief executives believe their college is better prepared to handle the next economic downturn than it was in 2008. Nevertheless, a majority says they are worried about the impact the next economic downturn will have on their institution.
■ Most presidents, 69 percent, strongly agree or agree their college needs to make fundamental changes to its business model, programming or other operations. Presidents at public and private, two-year and four-year colleges are about equally likely to express this view.
■ Presidents believe senior administrators and trustees understand the challenges their institution faces and the need to adapt. But by a 2-1 margin, they disagree rather than agree that faculty members do.
■ More presidents (54 percent) think their college has the right mindset to adapt to needed change than think it has the right tools and processes to do so (45 percent). Presidents at four-year public colleges are less likely than those at other types of colleges to think their college has the right mindset, as well as tools and processes,
to effect change.
■ One in six presidents say their college has had serious internal discussions in the past year about merging with another college. Twenty-nine percent of these presidents believe it is very or somewhat likely their college will merge with another within the next five years.
■ Three in 10 presidents say their campus’s leaders have had serious discussions about consolidating operations or programs with another college.
■ Presidents widely expect additional colleges to close or merge this year, with 72 percent predicting more than five colleges will close, 49 percent thinking more than five private colleges will merge and 19 percent saying more than five public colleges will merge.
■ Nine percent of presidents say they could see their own college closing or merging in the next five years. This is down from 14 percent a year ago. (7)

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2019 Survey of Community College Presidents

What keeps these esteemed individuals awake at night: diminishing financial support, student success, graduation/retention rates? This report, based on results from a Gallup survey that is the product of 235 returned questionnaires, reveals some salient points:

“One in 10 community college presidents indicate their institution offers bachelor’s degree programs, though only 1 percent say it offers a wide range of four-year degree programs.

Community college leaders largely endorse the idea of community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees and believe doing so would increase access to higher education and reduce the racial gap in degree attainment. They do not, however, believe states provide enough financial support to ensure the degrees are high quality.

Two-thirds of presidents at four-year colleges strongly disagree or disagree that community colleges should be able to offer baccalaureate degrees. Their greatest concerns are lowering degree quality and mission creep.

Community college presidents’ greatest concern about offering bachelor’s degree programs is that their budgets will be stretched too far.” (7)

Numerous graphs and charts add to the utility of this timely document. An added bonus is to have the reactions of four-year college presidents intermixed on the question that pertains to the perceived “mission creep” inherent in community colleges awarding bachelor degrees. (see p.13)



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The State of Online Learning, 2019

Based on the responses of 280 chief online officers from a wide variety of higher education institutions, CHLOE3: Behind the Numbers presents the current landscape of this growing sector. A revealing observation explains that:

“In every sector and enrollment range, the majority of respondents confirmed earlier CHLOE findings on the predominance of fully online courses in current inventories and projected development. With few exceptions, the same pattern was evident in the emphasis on fully online programs versus blended programs, although a majority of online students, both graduate and undergraduate mix online and on-ground courses in practice. Public two-year institutions are more focused on building courses than online or blended programs. The survey uncovered widespread interest in establishing or experimenting with alternative credentials, but relatively few institutions are investing substantially in this area.” (5)

Supplemented with dozens of figures and tables, this report provides potent data for those advocating for more of an online presence.


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What Keeps College Presidents Up At Night?

A heck of a lot according to the 2019 Survey of College and University Presidents. From admissions polices to funding to the high cost of textbooks to unreasonable demands placed by donors to college closings to foreign ties, there are more than enough challenges to keep presidents going 24/7. An overview of this report, supplemented with charts and links, can be perused here. The findings are based on 784 surveys representing 436 public colleges, 320 private institution, and 28 entities from the for-profit sector.

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Jersey City Narrows Gap in Population with Newark

According to the 2017 population estimates just released by the Census Bureau, Jersey City’s increase in population outpaced Newark’s growth, further tightening the competition for the title of New Jersey’s largest city. The numbers are:

Jersey City: 267,446 (2016) – 270,753(2017)

Newark: 284, 386 (2016) – 285,154 (2017)

Newark’s population grew by a mere 768 residents; Jersey City expanded by 3307 people.

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Jersey City Ranked Among America’s Fittest Cities

Employing multiple criteria such as “built environment” and “health behaviors”, the ACSM American Fitness Index has been released; Jersey City comes in at 69. The interactive index allows you to compare the top 100 cities.

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Best High Schools in Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Country

The 2018 US News & World Report high school rankings report has just been issued. More than 20,500 high schools, including charters and magnet schools, were evaluated against a set of criteria. Jersey City schools figure in the state rankings with three of the schools attaining medal status with McNair High School ranking 5th in the state and 68th in the nation with a gold medal to prove it. Here is the complete list for New Jersey schools.

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Higher Education Surveys

Inside Higher Education publishes numerous surveys of the various constituent players in the higher education sector. Recent reports investigate faculty attitudes toward technology, admissions directors concerns, and the workplace engagement of faculty. The reports are replete with graphic representations along with explanatory webcasts. Free registration is required.

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Jersey City Named “Top Ten City for College Grads”

Adding to the numerous accolades that are being conferred on Jersey City, has ranked Jersey City as #3 in its survey of best cities for recent college graduates. Over two thousand cities were reviewed for this undertaking; here is Jersey City’s profile. Please notice all the college towns on this list. Jersey City has never been known as a “college town”, but its amenities and services clearly act as an attraction for students right out of college.

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What Keeps College Presidents Up At Night?

Reading this report – 2018 Survey of College and University Presidents – might give us a clue. Here are some key findings:


• Sixty-nine percent of presidents say President Trump’s rhetoric has made it more difficult to recruit international students to their college.

 • The majority of presidents, 63 percent, remain confident that their institution is financially sustainable over the next five years. Fewer, 53 percent, agree their institution will remain viable over the next 10 years.

 • Presidents believe the business models for elite private colleges, elite private liberal arts colleges and public flagship universities are viable over the next 10 years. They are less likely to think the business model for community colleges is viable, and relatively few think for-profit institutions and other private nonprofit institutions have viable business models.

 • Nearly all presidents believe that additional colleges will merge or close this year, with 30 percent predicting that between one and five colleges will close, 40 percent between 6 and 10, and 29 percent more than 10.

 • Thirteen percent of presidents say they could see their own college closing or merging in the next five years. That is higher than the 9 percent of chief business officers who answered that way in an Inside Higher Ed survey last summer.

 • In terms of enrollment, college presidents are most concerned about enrolling their college’s target number of undergraduates and about enrolling students who are likely to be retained and graduate on time. Private baccalaureate college presidents are especially concerned about meeting enrollment targets. (6)

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Where Does New Jersey Rank in the Latest “Best States” Survey

The “Best States” survey from US News & World report employs 75 different metrics across a wide array of quality-of-life issues. California, ranked overall at #32, comes in last as far as “quality of life” issues are concerned.

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Jersey City in the Top Ranks of America’s “Hardest-Working Cities”

In another survey conducted by WalletHub, Jersey City ranks #3 out of 116 cities included in this evaluative undertaking. Using data culled from governmental and private sources, WalletHub devised nine criteria to compare cities; only San Francisco and Fremont, Ca outscored Jersey City.

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Presidential Rankings

From George Washington to Donald Trump, the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics Section reveals that certain presidents have maintained their status of greatness while others have shifted in the rankings from the 2014 survey, the last version conducted. Political affiliations of those surveyed are given along with the methodological considerations employed. Compare this to the C-SPAN 2017 Presidential Historians Survey.



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Jersey City Is #2 Among 2017’s Best Halloween Cities

This survey by WalletHub places Jersey City just behind New York City as the best place for trick or treating, further reinforcing Jersey City’s growing stature as a friendly, dynamic, and growing urban center.

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Jersey City Scores 100% on “Municipal Equality Index”

“The Municipal Equality Index examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership’s public position on equality.” Forty-four separate criteria are used in this survey of 506 cities. Jersey City in the only municipality in the state to receive the top rating.

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Full Text of Study Highlighting Hostile Workplace Environments

My rule of thumb is that whenever you hear about reports, studies, papers, surveys, etc, always try to get your hands on the original copy. Why trust secondhand sources? The title is Working Conditions in the United States: Results of the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey published by the RAND Corporation. Some of the key findings:

  • The clear majority of Americans (eight out of ten) have steady and predictable work throughout the year, but many fewer work the same number of hours on a day-to-day basis (54 percent).
  • Nearly three-fourths of Americans report either intense or repetitive physical exertion on the job at least one-quarter of the time.
  • More than one-half of Americans report exposure to unpleasant and potentially hazardous working conditions.
  • Nearly one in five American workers are exposed to a hostile or threatening social environment at work.
  • Most Americans (two-thirds) frequently work at high speeds or under tight deadlines, and one in four perceives that they have too little time to do their job


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