Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

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

Public Policy: Meeting This Country’s Workforce Needs

Meeting this country’s workforce needs is a critical issue that is defining the future of the United States, individual states and our local communities.  The quality and availability of the workforce is a vital strategic asset that will determine world order and security.  Technology will

Economic Equilibrium in Higher Education

Economic equilibrium is a state of long-term financial sustainability for an institution of higher education. Richard Cyert, who developed the concept, set these conditions for a state of economic equilibrium: There is sufficient quality and quantity of resources to fulfill the mission of an

What Do CFOs Think? – Review of Inside Higher Ed’s CFO Survey

Inside Higher Ed’s recently published survey of Chief Financial Officers contains several findings suggesting CFOs are deeply concerned about the financial future of their institutions. Their concerns should be taken seriously by presidents and boards of trustees as they develop strategies for