Earlier this year, the Gallup Organization and Inside Higher Ed teamed up to survey 2,890 college and university presidents about a host of topics. The survey revealed presidents' concerns about the financial stability of their institutions and the adequacy of financial aid. The response rate was 24 percent, including 292 private institutions. Gallup statistically weighted data in various ways to correct for nonresponse.


Although the survey sample did not include Bible colleges, seminaries, or institutions with fewer than 500 students, several of the questions asked relate to issues that theological schools are facing as well.

Below, the responses to select questions from all responding institutions are shown. These numbers are compared to the subset of responses from private, baccalaureate institutions, which tend to be smaller and more fragile. Responses from private graduate-level institutions (many of which are larger research universities) are not shown here but may be seen in the full report. Other concerns that are addressed in the full report include student enrollment growth, race and gender relations on college campuses, and higher education in the current U.S. political climate. 

How strongly do you agree with the following statement: "I am confident my institution will be financially stable over the next 10 years."?


How concerned are you about having enough institutional financial aid to enroll as many low-income students as your college would like?


How concerned are you about enrolling enough students who don't need financial aid?


How concerned are you about enrolling more students studying online?


Do you see in any of these responses some of your own concerns about the future of your institution and theological education as a whole? You can read more on these findings by downloading the full report at insidehighered.com.