Higher Ed Insights
Perspectives on the State of Higher Education


In fall 2015 and winter 2017, Ithaka S+R invited a select group of higher education administrators and experts to join a panel of advisors and take part in annual surveys on issues of national importance in higher education. These experts were invited to join the panel based on their expertise in the field and their affiliation with innovative or influential institutions. The final panel of 164 experts includes presidents, provosts, other administrators, and faculty members from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and private and public research universities. The panel also includes representatives from foundations, membership associations, research or policy organizations, and for-profit institutions.

Ithaka S+R analyzes and publishes the results of the Higher Ed Insights surveys to inform the broader higher education community about the panel’s views on current debates, initiatives, and challenges. The results of these surveys also help guide Ithaka S+R’s research agenda. While the results we share are anonymized, several panelists have shared their views on the topics the surveys cover.


Higher Ed Insights: Results of the Spring 2017 Survey, October 31, 2017

Higher Ed Insights: Results of the Spring 2016 Survey, September 29, 2016.

Higher Ed Insights: Results of the Fall 2015 Survey, February 22, 2016.

Blog Posts

Alexandra W. Logue, “Will Devoting Funds to Excelsior Help Students?” November 20, 2017.

Jamienne S. Studley, “Re-Thinking the Case for Free College,” November 20, 2017.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, “How Research Can Fuel Action to Address Food and Housing Insecurity on American College Campuses,” November 13, 2017.

Rachel Dykstra Boon, “How Policymakers Can Help Institutions Support Financially Insecure Students,” November 13, 2017.

Rayane Alamuddin, “For-Profit Colleges – What Went Wrong?” November 10, 2017.

Mark Schneider, “The Tax Status of Colleges: Who Cares?” November 6, 2017.

Martin Kurzweil, “In New Survey, Higher Ed Insiders Share Concerns about Impact of Federal Policy Changes under President Trump,” October 31, 2017.

Steven Mintz, “How Should We Interpret the Survey? Taking a Closer Look at Higher Ed Insights,” September 29, 2016.

Martin Kurzweil, “The Three Greatest Obstacles to Improving Student Success? Higher Ed Insiders Cite State Funding, Faculty Incentives, and Administrative Silos,” September 29, 2016.

Kevin M. Guthrie, “Higher Creducation: Do Students Go to College to Get Educated or to Get a Degree?” May, 24, 2016.

Anthony P. Carnevale, “Is Completion the Right Goal? The Public Wouldn’t Agree,” February 23, 2016.

Martin Kurzweil, “New Survey of Higher Ed Experts Finds Promise in Guided Pathways, Adaptive Learning,” February 22, 2016.

Media Coverage

Ellie Bothwell, “Betsy DeVos ‘Bad for US Higher Education’, Say University Leaders,” Times Higher Education, October 31, 2017.

Rick Seltzer, “Survey Positive on Undergrad Education,” Inside Higher Education, October 31, 2017.

Carl Straumshein, “Survey: Barriers to Improving Student Success,” Inside Higher Education, September 29, 2016.

Carl Straumshein, “New Survey of Higher Education ‘Insiders,'” Inside Higher Education, February 22, 2016.

We welcome your questions and comments about Higher Ed Insights.