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College leader perceptions, 2016 election impact

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This report summarizes the results of a poll of members of the What’s AHEAD trend-spotter panel (n = 387). 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 131 responses during the 5 days in which the poll was open (November 9-13, 2016): 111 of 269 Executive Doctorate alumni, 17 members of NASPA, and three other higher education leaders. About half (50%) of respondents work at private not-for-profit four-year institutions, 18% work at public four-year institutions, 8% at public two-year institutions, 2% at for-profit institutions, 3% at non-US based universities, and 1% in administrative units (e.g., system offices). The remaining respondents (16%) work in organizations other than colleges and universities. Nearly half (38%) of respondents hold positions that focus on administration, 25% on academic matters, 18% in student affairs, 4% in finance, and 15% in other areas.

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Date Posted: 02 November 2020