Back on Choppy Waters: The 2016 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments

A recent blog by Lindsay Wayt, assistant director for research and policy analysis at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), covers the results of the 2016 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. According to the study’s findings, the FY 2016 endowment investment performance at colleges and universities was “the lowest since recession-level returns in 2009”—a trend that could potentially continue.

IHEP Report Finds College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

College affordability is at the forefront of higher education conversations. However, there is not a clear understanding of what is affordable. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), with support from the Lumina Foundation, seeks to answer just that.

Crossing Borders: Helping Colleges and Universities Jumpstart the Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion

A major challenge confronting U.S. colleges and universities today is the need to disentangle the complexities of diversity, social justice and free speech. We talked to Crossing Borders Education founder Arnd Wächter about his organization and its work promoting dialogue as a way to build diversity and inclusion.

Higher Education in the Balance: What Does Society Want from Colleges and Universities?

John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University (DC), moderated a conversation at ACE2017 between Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown’s Center on Education & the Workforce. The March 13 session focused on the economic and non-economic purposes of a postsecondary education, and how to re-engage society in the discussion.

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

A new report by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab provides insight into food insecurity, homelessness, and housing insecurity among today’s college students. The report is based on the results of a survey distributed by Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees to 70 community colleges in 24 states.

Finding Common Ground: Campus Inclusion and Free Speech

Free speech is playing out in new ways on American campuses, which some argue is leading to the corrosion of higher education as a marketplace of ideas. Framed by PEN America’s recent report, And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at US Universities, Monday’s afternoon session at ACE2017 moderated by ACE’s Lorelle L. Espinosa focused on the dual tension of free expression and inclusion on American campuses.

Deep Economic Development: Partnerships That Are Reshaping Universities and Their Communities

In an ACE2017 panel moderated by ACE’s Louis Soares, presidents Jim Clements (Clemson University) and Gail Mellow (LaGuardia Community College) and Vice President for Economic Development James Woodell (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) shared insights into the role of higher education in economic development as well as information on partnerships their institutions have undertaken in recent years.

Leaders’ Perspectives: Using Data to Drive Student Success

During the ACE2017 session “Using Data to Drive Student Success,” four panelists shared their own experiences in utilizing data to identify best practices across campuses, engage faculty and staff and improve student success.

ACE2017: Leadership in a Changing World

ACE2017, the Council’s 99th Annual Meeting, wrapped up on Tuesday, March 14 in Washington, DC. Along with leadership in a changing world, the meeting also addressed issues related to higher education leadership, equity and social justice, and innovation, and ACE staff have posted blogs covering a selection of these sessions and events. Also included is a selection of videos from ACE2017 plenary sessions.

Innovation Doesn’t Need to be Shrouded in Secrecy

How do you bridge the realities facing your institution with the real need for a future vision? Such was the question posed by Rick Staisloff, principal of RPK Group, to a group of college and university presidents at ACE2017. The answer isn’t easy, and it’s often a glaring omission of college and university innovation efforts. Without it, faculty and staff might view efforts at change with skepticism, and they aren’t necessarily wrong to do so.

Predictive Analytics: If You Build It, Will Students Succeed?

Predictive analytics has made it on the list of “must haves” for many college and university leaders in recent years. But a new report from New America says that without careful use, predictive analytics can reinforce biases in education outcomes, remove human choice, and dilute the quality of teaching, learning and advising.

Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administration

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released the report Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administrative Positions: The Century So Far. The second brief in a series focusing on diversity in higher education administrative positions, this report focuses on racial/ethnic minority representation in these positions.