The New York Times ran an article on October 31st, profiling a study by The Chronicle of Higher Education that stated that college presidents are more inclined to worry about fiscal matters rather than educational matters.

Some excerpts:

The presidents said they believed they were judged slightly more on whether they had a balanced budget than for the quality of educational programs. Five of the six top concerns they cited related to money: rising health care costs, rising tuition, financial aid, technology costs and inadequate faculty salaries. The sixth was retaining students.

Discussing daily activities, more than half of the presidents, 53 percent, said they spent part of every day on fund-raising. The next most frequently mentioned daily activity was budget and finance matters (44 percent). Only 41 percent said they dealt with educational leadership on a daily basis. Even fewer presidents, 28 percent, – said they attended to student life matters every day.

Despite the emphasis on financial matters, nearly a fifth of the presidents said the facet of their jobs they were least prepared for was fund-raising. Eleven percent said the part they were most unprepared for was dealing with legislators and other political issues. And 11 percent pointed to budgetary issues as their Achilles’ heel when they became presidents.

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