Higher ed presidents claim they’re not ready for the future of higher ed.
Reported by Inside Higher Ed, an American Council on Education survey showed that on five market trends, including a growing competitive set and declining federal support, not more than 1 in 7 higher ed leaders felt “very confident” in their institution’s capacity to meet the challenge.
The takeaway? While this is unsettling for sure, it’s also very understandable. The next chapter of higher education is still fairly unknown. If you’re not a non-profit mega university who scaled to pick up the students the for-profits lost, you’re struggling to find your path. But if our higher ed leaders are just playing survival mode until someone else figures it out for them, odds are they’re not going to be around long enough to do so.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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