PeopleAdmin Sponsors the Inside Higher Ed Annual Survey of Chief Academic Officers

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Important industry research helps to gain a better understanding of issues facing the higher education market related to finances, academics, strategies and policies

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PeopleAdmin, the leading provider of on-demand talent management solutions for higher education and government, announced today the company has sponsored important research by Inside Higher Ed to better understand critical issues for Chief Academic Officers (CAOs).

“PeopleAdmin is pleased to partner with Inside Higher Ed for this important research initiative that offers insight into key, time-sensitive issues facing Chief Academic Officers,” states Ellen Madonia, vice president of marketing at PeopleAdmin. “As the leading provider of faculty recruiting and search committee management solutions for Higher Education, we are in the unique position to strategically support CAO's through this time of significant change, helping them acquire, develop and retain the talent required to face these challenges and meet organizational objectives.”

Inside Higher Ed’s second annual survey of college and university Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) aims to understand how these leaders perceive and address the challenges facing higher education institutions in the U.S.

“Provosts play such a key role in higher education that we wanted to get a better sense of their views on topics such as the academic job market, the way MOOCs are changing higher education, and trends in faculty hiring,” said Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed. “We value the support of PeopleAdmin and other sponsors in making this independent research possible.”

Some of the findings from the survey include

  • While 7 in 10 CAOs strongly agree or agree that tenure remains important and viable at their institution, nearly two thirds (64 percent) of chief academic officers at all institutions say they favor a system of long-term contracts over the existing tenure system.
  • Only 8 percent of CAOs strongly, agree their faculty understand the financial challenges confronting their institutions.
  • CAOs are confident in the academic health of their institutions with nearly 9 in 10 (88 percent) saying academic health is good to excellent.
  • 79 percent agree or strongly agree that improving the performance of underprepared students is a challenge facing their institution this year.
  • While a majority of CAOs (65 percent) say their institution is very effective at providing quality undergraduate education, measurement of that quality is more of a challenge. Far fewer, just one in four, are as confident in their institution’s effectiveness at using data to aid and inform campus decision making.

To download the full report, click here.

In addition, Inside Higher Ed will host a webcast discussing the results of the survey as well as other top HR trends related to higher education.

Webcast Details
Complimentary Webcast: Inside Higher Ed will present a free webinar and Scott Jaschik and Robert Sternberg, provost of Oklahoma State University, will lead the discussion of the survey results.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2013
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
  • Register Now

About PeopleAdmin
Founded in 2000, PeopleAdmin leads the way in providing web-based talent management solutions for higher education and government. PeopleAdmin solutions enable clients to automate and simplify the hiring process, manage position descriptions and classifications, improve candidate communication and selection, drive a compliant, defensible process and improve reporting methods. Our offering includes applicant tracking, position management, onboarding and performance management. Delivered through a software-as-a-service model, PeopleAdmin solutions are rapidly deployed, easy-to-use and supported through a world-class customer service organization. More than 700 leading organizations throughout North America use PeopleAdmin solutions to gain talent management efficiencies while minimizing risk.

About Inside Higher Ed
Founded in 2004, Inside Higher Ed is the online source for news, opinion, and jobs for all of higher education. Inside Higher Ed provides what higher education professionals need to thrive in their jobs or to find better ones: breaking news and feature stories, provocative daily commentary, areas for comment on every article, practical career columns, and a powerful suite of tools that keep academic professionals well-informed about issues and employment opportunities and that help colleges identify and hire talented personnel. For more information, visit:

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