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Eduventures New Report on Principal Hiring Preferences Highlights the Outcomes Teacher Preparation Programs Must Deliver

Second in the Series, Report Informs Schools of Education Leaders on the Factors that Influence Hiring Decisions at the P-12 Level

Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) October 29, 2015

Eduventures, Inc., the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education, today announced findings from the Eduventures’ 2015 Principal Survey. Eduventures surveyed P-12 principals and school leaders about their shortage areas, hiring preferences and professional development needs. The findings of this report unveil a new focus on a teacher’s ability to manage a classroom, develop and use instructional strategies and communicate and collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Available to member institutions on November 5th, the report also illustrates the need for teacher preparation program leaders to communicate the quality of their programs, whether they are on-campus, blended or online.

Why Explore Hiring Preferences?

The tide has shifted for educator preparation programs: student recruitment has intensified as enrollments in teacher preparation programs have dropped significantly. Additionally, teacher shortages have put a focus on Schools of Education leaders to demonstrate value to accreditors and the public through improved outcomes for graduates. Job placement, job retention and employer satisfaction are all indicators of success. This report will help Schools of Education leaders better understand market needs by highlighting principals hiring preferences and priorities.

According to Karen Svarczkopf, Eduventures’ Senior Analyst for Schools of Education research and the author of this study, “Because Schools of Education must demonstrate clear outcome success, knowing principals’ hiring preferences is essential. Our research clearly shows that principals prefer candidates with real classroom experience who can deliver content that will impact P-12 students. Although many of the skills they prefer are practical in nature, it is clear that strong interpersonal skills are critical within the hiring process.”

On-campus or Online?

With the popularity of online programs gaining ground, Eduventures asked principals about their preference for hiring graduates from on-campus, blended and online programs. Eduventures’ research shows that many principals are concerned with the quality of field experience that online programs are able to deliver.

About Eduventures

Eduventures is the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education. Building on twenty years of success in working with education leaders, Eduventures provides forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data, and advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. Our recommendations and personalized support enable clients to understand the top traits of leaders in critical disciplines and to evaluate the opportunities presented by new technologies. For more information about Eduventures research, practice areas, and team, visit us at

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