Operational Efficiency

Elite private colleges may be the only financially healthy segment 3 years from now

A new report by consulting firm Bain & Company is forecasting the majority of higher education to be in a tough financial spot three years from now due to a confluence of operational challenges affecting institutions.

Did emergency funding create a crutch for the Connecticut college system?

"We're about to fall off that cliff," said Higher Education Co-Chairman Gregg Haddad referring to the reliance the state system placed on one-time federal aid investments, such as the American Rescue Plan.

Technology investments hit steep declines in 2022 due to budget and faculty shortages

Schools are racing to replace 20-year-old administrative systems to modernize the faculty and student online experience, yet investments in cloud-based infrastructure dropped by double-digits in 2022, something Tambellini Group has never recorded before.

“A win-win” merger: Trocaire College acquires Medaille University

Citing pandemic issues and poor enrollment numbers, Buffalo-based Medaille University marks another private school in the Northeast too financially strapped to continue operations. Instead of closing, however, they're merging.

How Vermont is winning the fight against falling enrollment

Dedicated to embracing an evolving higher education landscape that's cost-effective, career-minded and digitally native, Vermont has begun to revitalize its once-flailling student body. Two big initiatives pushing this change are recent school mergers and a powerful free community college pipeline.

For-profit colleges, be warned: DOE is set to hold leaders personally liable for reckless spending

To curb the deepening student loan crisis, the Department of Education aims to impede the abuse of federal funding at for-profit colleges by forcing school leaders to assume personal liability for unpaid institutional debt.

New initiative seeks to boost value of community college degrees

The Aspen Institute and CCRC have invited ten community colleges to participate in a program that can reprogram their values to boost the likelihood of students landing high-paying jobs or being admitted into universities.

Guest speakers on campus: Here’s what students want

Approximately one in five students reported never seeing a guest speaker on campus, which says more about the school's marketing than anything else, observes mental health speaker Jessi Beyer.

Hurricane Ian forces closures of colleges and events across Florida and Deep South

Institutions in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia brace for wind, rain from the storm this weekend.

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