International Survey of Research University Leadership: View of Advancement Efforts
The International Survey of Research University Faculty: View of Advancement Efforts, is a survey of more than 300 university deans, department chairman, chancellors, trustees, provosts administrative department heads and other university leaders drawn from a sample of 60+ major research universities predominantly in the USA but also from Canada, the UK and Australia. Data in the report --is broken out by many criteria including university ranking, enrollment size, and public private status as well as by personal criteria of the respondents such as academic title, departmental affiliation, gender, rate of compensation, age and other variables.
University leaders describe what they like and dislike about their university fundraising efforts, what would make them become more involved in that effort and whether or not the university should spend more or less, or about the same as current spending on advancement. Survey participants also grade their institution’s advancement effort and offer their counsel and impressions. They also discuss the extent to which they feel that their departments are included in the distribution of funds and the fundamental fairness of this disbursal process.
We asked the administrators sampled: How would you grade your university's efforts in raising funds for the university through donations, bequests and other fundraising initiatives? We listed five possible answers to this multiple-choice question, the letter grades A, B, C, D and F. 17.2% of those sampled did not answer the question; a plurality of 31.85% assigned a grade of B while 23.89% assigned an A; 18.47% gave the university fundraising effort a C while 6.05% gave it a D and 2.55% failed the effort with a damning F. Graders from the USA and Canada were much more likely than those from the UK, Ireland or Australia/New Zealand to award an A. Only 7.69% of those from Australia/New Zealand awarded an A while 26.22% of those from the USA did so.