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Perspectives on the Downturn: A Survey of Presidents


Inside Higher Ed’s first survey of college and university presidents, findings of “Presidential Perspectives,” has been released in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Council on Education. A total of 956 campus chief executives responded.

The survey asked campus leaders an array of questions about how they and their institutions have navigated the current economic downturn, the biggest problems they face and the strategies they have used (effectively and not) in response, and which campus constituents have been most helpful (or not). The answers vary widely among sectors and types of institutions in many key areas.

The Presidential Perspectives survey asked presidents to rate the effectiveness of their campuses’ investments in technology in a range of areas, including student recruitment, alumni engagement and fund raising, administrative services, and instruction. In only one category — library resources and services — did a majority of all presidents rate the technology investment as “very effective.” (See Table 13 .)

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