Higher Education Policy and Practice

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

Predicting Student Retention and GPA from Student Personality

Fall-to-Fall 2016-2017 Student success is critical to the mission of every higher educational institution. All other things being equal, students who are the most intellectually and psychologically prepared for higher education will be the most successful. While most universities assess the

Institutional Turn-around Strategy Principles

Would you consider taking on the presidency of an institution in need of a turn-around? If so, in this blog I’ll introduce several Turn-around Principles you’ll need to keep in mind before taking on the challenge.  Consider the following scenario (which is not derived from the experience of any

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

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