In addition to being a way to unite professionals in a profession, professional associations often publish research reports or advocacy papers on topics that fall within their purview. Below are a few examples of professional associations working broadly in higher education. Look for a menu link to research or publications if information on these topics is not apparent. If they publish a magazine or journal, it is likely behind a "Members Only" wall so search the publication title in Bobcat to get access.
Research Centers, institutes, and other advocacy organizations often focus on specific issues. They may conduct research studies and publish the results in the form of reports or working papers, or write advocacy papers based on evidence. You may try to learn funded the studies or publications to check for potential bias.