Select from Publications, Surveys, Data & Tools, Fast Facts and other resources available on the NCES web site. This "is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education" (from web site).
Though best used in its print form (available in the Reference Collection at 317.3 S79st), this scanned pages available on the web site also illustrate thousands of statistics on the broad U.S. population.
A journal of Higher Education trends. Useful for the Trend Report, during the first year, but also as you consider thesis topics. Past issues are available for free. Request articles from the current issue through Interlibrary Loan using ILLiad.
Maintained by the Education Research Global Observatory, this collection of resources covers all areas of education, not simply higher education. However, these are open access scholarly journals that are worth looking into.
Web Sites for Education
Peruse these resources for additional Higher Ed. & Student Development content.
Formed to "advance higher education through the use of information technology," EDUCAUSE provides research on related topics. Specifically look into their "Research & Publications" section for resources.
In 2006, the U.S. commissioned an investigation into the future of higher education. This report -- A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education -- and all of the attached documents, papers, and articles can be found on this site.