As the catalogue of briefs grows, this could become a valuable resource. You can find the entire list here.
The Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) of ASHE has partnered with Inside Higher Ed to produce learning briefs, research informed commentary on contemporary issues facing higher education.
One example, J. Douglas Toma of the University of Georgia, produced a scholarly brief based on an article by Scott Jaschick about the cost of athletics to campuses:
The article and accompanying database invite an obvious question: why are so many universities willing to subsidize athletics through either a direct transfer of institutional funds, assessing a dedicated student fee, or a combination of these? For instance, to compete in the Big East, Rutgers subsidizes 43% of its $52 million budget, and is the extreme case among the 66 programs in the six major conferences (plus Notre Dame). Among the 120 universities apart from the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), several programs in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), which have budgets in the $20 million range, subsidize their programs in the 70-80% range.
This is how CAHEP describes the briefs; we hope to see more produced.
Learning Briefs are designed to:
- Aid administrators in decision making
- Assist policymakers in developing policy
- Enhance/augment college administration course content
Formulated from Inside Higher Ed news stories, topical areas include:
- Organization, administration, & leadership
- Policy, finance, & economics
- Teaching, learning, & assessment
- Human resources (faculty and staff)
Learning Briefs include:
Copy of the article, typically one receiving high comments or email forwards from the Inside Higher Edwebsite
750-1,000 word commentary drawn from the research on that subject to inform practice
Discussion questions suitable for group/department/classroom engagement
List of suggested readings