ERIC Number: ED478602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Issue Priorities and Trends in State Higher Education.
The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) periodically surveys its members about the most important higher education issues of the day. In January 2002, the most recent version of the survey was sent to the chief executive officers of statewide coordinating and governing boards in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The first section asked officers to rate the importance of each of 26 issues in his or her state. The second section consisted of open-ended questions about agency priorities, roles, and structures and the challenges faced. Responses were received from 50 individuals representing 48 agencies in 46 states. These responses show that SHEEO agencies are faced with some daunting challenges. They take seriously their responsibility to provide a quality education for a student population increasing in number and diversity. This expanding population requires more and different types of services, such as remedial education and financial aid. However, state higher education agencies are faced with times of fiscal challenge, cutbacks, and retrenchment. Instead of decreasing their activities or efforts, they are expanding their focus. SHEEO agencies report being increasingly involved with K-12 state departments of education and in strategic and economic planning for the state in an effort to make more salient the importance of higher education for the financial well-being of a state. SHEEO also recognizes the importance of accountability in higher education. They cite the need for more extensive data systems that would allow them to track students through their entire educational career and into the work force. Responses show that SHEEO agencies are responding to the challenges they face in ways that provide the opportunity for innovation and to make a real difference in higher education across the United States. Two appendixes contain the survey instrument and survey results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Budgeting, Economic Factors, Higher Education, Retrenchment, Role of Education, Strategic Planning, Surveys
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3685; Web site: http://www.sheeo.org/publicat.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Note: For the 2000 version of this report, see ED 443 365.