State of Higher Education
NACUBO's State of Higher Education series asks stakeholders to consider some of the higher education sector’s more pressing issues and to take actions to preserve and enhance the value of a postsecondary degree.
More Is Possible With Higher Education
Use this new slide deck to tell the story about the immense value colleges and universities deliver to students, communities, and society.
Top Five Higher Education Business Issues of 2022
Through focus groups and a survey, NACUBO members identified the top five business issues facing colleges and universities in 2022:
- Supporting and Maintaining the Workforce
- Meeting Students’ Evolving Needs
- Providing a Secure and Modern Technology Infrastructure
- Managing an Uncertain Economic Climate
- Navigating Resource Constraints
These issues—listed in no particular order—demonstrate the current financial and planning challenges confronting higher education and shed light on how college and university leaders can guide their institutions through necessary transformation.
Rethinking the Higher Education Workplace in an Era of Transformation
The COVID-19 pandemic has had dramatic effects on the nation’s workforce. To meet new challenges, NACUBO's latest installment in its State of Higher Education series calls for a focus on valuing people, investing in training, and welcoming cultural innovation.
Bold Action Required: How to More Effectively Support Students From Low-Income Backgrounds
The latest edition in the series considers higher education access and opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. Colleges and universities can serve as engines of social mobility—but, to do so, leaders and policymakers must understand who these students are and what barriers they face. #highered21
The emergence of COVID-19 unimaginably altered the higher education landscape in the United States, and the tragic events and racial unrest in 2020 necessitated serious reflection on higher education's role in systemic racism. #highered20
The Value of Higher Education Through a COVID-19 Lens
Across college campuses, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students have sought safe and sustainable paths forward to fulfill their institutions’ missions—and they are doing so because postsecondary training, education, and the pursuit of knowledge remain sound aspirations in the face of so much uncertainty.
Confronting the Need to Address Racial Disparities in U.S. Higher Education
Higher education in the U.S. is not immune from American systemic racism. Many studies illustrate that current college and university policies and practices perpetuate it, and institutions and their business officers must work to increase equity for students and staff.
Perceptions and Priorities
In our debut of this work, NACUBO sought to help bridge the seemingly disconnected discussions policymakers and the general public were having about student loan debt, college costs, and free college with the strategic conversations administrators and trustees are having about revenue demands, business models, and what it takes to deliver on educational demands.
About the State of Higher Education Series
NACUBO's goal with this scope of work is to improve the national conversation around higher education. Through articles, conversations, and other avenues, NACUBO asks stakeholders to spend time considering the role of higher education in society, the pressures facing the sector, and actionable steps administrators and policymakers can take to preserve and enhance the value of a postsecondary degree.
We are supporting our observations with data on the current state of affairs in formats we hope you will use to continue the conversation in your community. A handful of slides illustrate the same concept in different ways, allowing users to tailor their presentations to their audiences.
The series was initiated as a part of NACUBO's 2019 Strategic Blueprint.
Read and share all of the Series briefs at medium.com/nacubo.