Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

Eyes on the Metrics: A Board’s Guide to Preparing for Presidential Transition

Whether it’s the end of a successful Presidency or a board’s decision to seek new leadership, Presidential transition is never easy. It’s risky, time consuming and expensive and that’s before factoring in a level of cultural uncertainty as a new President takes the helm. And the experts are

What’s Happening in Higher Education – Can Private Colleges Survive?

A slow plodding revenue growth strategy may no longer provide private colleges with the financial reserves needed to survive.  For decades, marginal increases in enrollment, tuition, and other revenue sources were good enough to cover expenses and provide a cash buffer against unforeseen

Explosive Growth

Too many budget-enrollment and net tuition strategies are based on finding just enough new students to cover next fiscal year’s budget expense.  This strategy worked fine when colleges tended to stay within their own markets, labor costs were low for skilled positions, and technology was not

Unnecessary Roughness: Presidential Transitions in Higher Education

Presidential transitions are never easy, neither for the president nor for the institution. No matter how effective the transition plan, there is always disorientation with loss of momentum.  Some institutions and individuals weather transitions seemingly without any difficulty; they are

Be Prepared for the Paradigm Shift in Higher Education

The Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times are trumpeting what they see as major changes in demographics, finances, technology, and regulations.  The evidence strongly suggests that these four factors are already having a significant impact on the financial