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Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

Colleges in Crisis & How to Survive – Michael Townsley’s Book Preview

Michael Townsley author of a number of books on finance in higher education is working on a new book – Colleges in Crisis. The central theme of this book is that the massive decline forecast for prospective college students over the next decade will push many private colleges to and over the

Leadership, Data, Collaboration, Innovation, Success

In 2012, Stevens Strategy conducted a comprehensive strategic analysis project with Wilson College, which was experiencing serious enrollment and financial difficulty. Its total enrollment at the time we began our work with them was 762 students resulting in a 3 million dollar deficit. We

Will Half Of All Colleges Really Close In The Next Decade?

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, higher education faced an enrollment crisis similar to today’s, which was portrayed by pundits and researchers alike as a coming doomsday for small private colleges and universities. During the next decades these supposedly doomed colleges, led by the best

Smart, Succinct and Agile: Strategic Planning in an Age of Uncertainty

Stevens Strategy is pleased to announce this comprehensive report on the process of Strategic Planning authored by Inside Higher Education’s Rick Seltzer. We are humbled to be mentioned as an innovator in the use of strategic planning in higher education. Click to see Inside Higher Education’s

Controversial Speakers and the Challenges Faced by College Presidents

In 2017, conservative scholar Charles Murray was met with protests during his lecture in Middlebury College. However, much of the controversy did not stem from his political beliefs but from his 1994 book The Bell Curve in which he argued that racial group intelligence is variable. Later in the