In April, Inside Higher Ed and Hanover Research surveyed 187 presidents at colleges and universities to see how their priorities have evolved after one month into their COVID-19 response. A similar survey was conducted in March.
In the survey, presidents were asked about their level of concern with potential short-term and long-term issues at their institution in regard to COVID-19. Below are the top 5 issues about which they were very or somewhat concerned.
Top 5 short-term issues
- Mental health of students (91%)
- Disproportionate impact on students from low-income backgrounds (87%)
- Accelerated rates of student attrition (84%)
- Short-term unbudgeted financial costs (86%)
- Mental health of students (87%)
Top 5 long-term issues
- Decline in overall future student enrollment (90%)
- Inequitable impact on underrepresented students (90%)
- Overall financial stability (88%)
- Ability to afford to employ staff & faculty (81%)
- Decline in alumni/donor giving rates (56%)
Challenges with remote learning
The survey found that over the course of a month, presidents were having fewer challenges at their institutions ensuring academics standards remained high, having technology support available, and training faculty less familiar with digital delivery.
You can download a copy of the report, Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis, Part II: A New Survey of College and University Presidents, here.
Additionally, the editors of Inside Higher Ed held a webcast discussion about the survey’s results. You can view the recording here.