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Problems in intercollegiate athletics are regularly featured in both the higher education press and popular media. Recent stories raise questions about the role of academic advisers in ensuring the academic success of student athletes, the roles of presidents and faculty in decisions about athletics, the right of student athletes to unionize, the distribution of scholarships to athletes, and the health, safety, and compensation of student athletes. Given these and many other concerns—why do colleges and universities continue to have intercollegiate athletics programs?

The results of our third poll provide insight into the enrollment-related concerns of higher education institutions. In the fall of 2014, first-time, full-time undergraduate enrollment exceeded expectations at some institutions but fell below targeted levels at a noteworthy share of colleges and universities. Though institutions with greater than expected enrollment may be challenged to accommodate additional students, institutions with lower than expected enrollment face the important budgetary implications that come with lower than expected tuition revenues. Click here to review the results and commentary.

Dr. Laura Perna testified in front of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions last week on states' role in higher education. Click here to view the video of her testimony.  

Survey of higher education leaders reveals concerns about an accountability scorecard, with the most commonly reported being recognition of institutional diversity, measurement of student outcomes, and unintended consequences of selected measures.

Survey of higher education trend spotters finds that there is more discussion about MOOCs now than a year ago. Nonetheless, higher education leaders are still uncertain about the benefits to institutions or students.