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Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

Pricing Pressures in Higher Education

Price as a market clearing device is sometimes distorted in higher education because of the academe’s not-for-profit social purpose and endowment income, for instance. Colleges also often distort price when their governance structures make them slow to react to market forces, unable to

Keys for Successful Turnaround Strategies

Turnarounds are cyclical events at most tuition-driven colleges as enrollments grow and provide excess income, then tail off, draining reserves from the growth period. Financial data over the past decade reflects this porpoising effect showing how colleges pop above zero net income and then

Dr. Ann Austin’s 2008 CIC Presentation

Stevens Strategy was pleased to sponsor the CIC President’s Institute January 6th Plenary Session presentation by Dr. Ann Austin, entitled “Rethinking Faculty Work: Issues and Challenges in Independent Colleges and Universities.” Dr. Austin is a highly regarded scholar who is

Academic Program Evaluation

Having sat through literally hundreds of board meetings as a college trustee, hospital trustee and college president, I’ve lost track of the times I’ve heard that “this place needs to be run more like a business”. But in my private business experience, I’ve also

Over-Reaching by the IRS

You may have already heard that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a substantial revision of the Form 990 that most nonprofit colleges and universities are required to file annually in order to disclose operational and financial information to both the IRS and these