I was recently asked to write a paper on the pressing issues facing higher education.
I wrote the following; listing the issues that I think presidents and vice chancellors face in today’s changing higher education landscape:
Critical warning signs, ignored by many higher education administrators, including shifting demographics, changes in student mobility practices and the public’s changing trust in the benefits of higher education
Increasing tuition and student debt and increasing institutional debt and debt service payments
Outmoded and unsustainable business models
Long standing administrative structures that limit innovation and creativity
Lack of recognizing and incorporating technological realities, including MOOCs, online and hybrid courses into curriculum
Lack of clear pricing and competitive advantages
Inability to align organizational structures with new student cohorts
Lack of flexibility and nimbleness in recognizing new and diverse educational opportunities
Lack of new product development
Lack of student progression and graduation
Disconnect between undergraduate degree and employability after graduation
Lack of incorporating career mentorship into the educational experience
Changes in accreditation criteria in the U.S. which will impact international collaborations
I am certain there are more than the 13 critical issues listed in today’s blog. But these would be enough to keep any president or vice chancellor up at night.