Brief Overview of U.S. Faculty Hiring Trends

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released a report highlighting tenure and non-tenure employment patterns among faculty members across the United States. The report utilized data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS), and National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) to provide trends in faculty appointment type from fall 1987 until fall 2021.

Improving Mental Health Services on Campus

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) has released a new report that provides guidance on how colleges and universities can develop an approach to address mental health and well-being. The report discusses how different trends affect mental health services on campuses and suggests ways to improve them.

Mental Health and Stop, Drop, and Enrollment Changes in Higher Education

Lumina Foundation and Gallup have released a new report that provides insight into the mental health environment in higher education today. The report draws on data collected in the fall of 2022 for the Lumina Foundation-Gallup State of Higher Education 2023 study.

Using SNAP Benefits to Reduce Student Food Insecurity and Improve College Completion

Today’s students must often navigate higher education and its associated costs while facing increased basic needs insecurity and limited need-based financial aid to close the gap. In a new brief, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) suggests policy recommendations and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to better meet students’ basic needs and position them to both enroll in and complete college degree programs.

Brief Snapshot of College Students’ Attitudes on Mental Health

The Healthy Minds Study provides a snapshot of the state of mental health and well-being among the nation’s enrolled college students. The study seeks to “identify needs and priorities; benchmark against peer institutions; evaluate programs and policies; plan for services and programs; and advocate for resources.”

Third Way Studies American Higher Education Outcomes in 2023

Third Way has released an update to its 2019 report examining institutional outcomes on completion, post-enrollment earnings, and student loan repayment. The organization regularly examines these key areas to better determine and map a baseline level of quality education for college students.

National Trends in Undergraduate Degree Completions

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) has released a report on undergraduate graduation trends for the 2021-2022 academic year highlighting differences in undergraduate degree completions by student age and institution type.

Students of Color May Be Harmed by State-level Need-Based Aid Requirements

A new report from The Urban Institute highlights racial disparities in the distribution of state need-based aid. Using state enrollment data to assess patterns, researchers found consistent disparities existed in 11 states.

The Lasting Effects of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Transfer

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released the inaugural report in its new transfer and progress series to shed a light on the unique effects the pandemic continues to have on transfer enrollment patterns for students across the U.S. higher education system.

Changes in Public K-12 Enrollment May Lead to Future Challenges for Higher Education

A report from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing issues in the public educational pathway. The report outlines the demographic changes in public elementary, middle, and high schools and provides recommendations for how leaders can respond to these shifts.

New Report Looks at How HBCUs Can Support Student Mental Health

Despite their longstanding success in supporting Black students, who comprise over 75 percent of their student population, HBCUs report struggling to meet these students’ mental health needs. In response, Active Minds and UNCF collaborated in spring 2022 to learn more about the state of mental health resources and practices at HBCUs.

The College Presidential Search and Equity-Minded Principles

ACE has partnered with the TIAA Institute through the American College President Study on a new report that identifies five equity-minded principles for conducting presidential searches. The report explores key steps of the typical search process and connects equity-minded principles to each step with the goal of changing the protocols, practices, and norms that form the pathway to the college presidency.