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College completion, college attainment, graduation rates across student groups, barriers to completion, college leader perceptions

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This report summarizes the results of a poll of members of the What’s AHEAD trend-spotter panel (n = 368). The panel is made up of higher education leaders, including alumni of the Executive Doctorate program in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and members of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. We received 134 responses during the 9-day period in which the poll was open (May 10 through 18, 2016): 111 of 248 Executive Doctorate alumni, 20 mem­bers of NASPA, and 3 other higher education leaders. About half (52%) of respondents work at private not-for-profit four-year institutions, 20% work at public four-year institutions, 8% at public two-year institutions, 2% at for-profit institutions, 3% at non-US based universities, and less than 1% in adminis­trative units (e.g., system offices). The remaining respondents (14%) work in organizations other than colleges and universities. More than a third (36%) of respondents hold positions that focus on adminis­tration, 26% on academic matters, 19% in student affairs, 4% in finance, and 15% in other areas.

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Date Posted: 19 October 2020