Higher education has long been considered slow to transform, but the past two years paint a different story. How can colleges continue to make progress?

For several months, AGB has been examining strategic transformation and the new realities of higher education and in a recent virtual forum, AGB’s Dr. Paul Friga and Scott Carlson, a senior editor for The Chronicle followed up on the ongoing discussion, with clips from six past events, in which they discussed ways colleges can advance their efforts to increase enrollment, improve governance structures, enhance multi-year financial forecasting, and improve relations with state governments.

Our latest Key Takeaways contains insights from eight higher ed leaders:
  • Higher ed institutions can’t rest on their laurels, and must act with a sense of urgency, following a more corporate model with more tactical strategic planning.
  • Colleges must understand their markets, set priorities, and focus on creating and differentiating products that directly meet their needs.
  • There has long been inertia in higher ed, but uncomfortable change is now becoming the norm. Colleges can embrace change, with one foot in the future and other planted in the university’s past. 
  • Colleges must have an understanding of their cost structures and encourage a well-rounded conversation about the institution's finances across campus.

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The pandemic pushed higher education to adapt to change in an unprecedented way two years ago. How are college administrators meeting these challenges in forward thinking, innovative ways? The Chronicle’s recent survey, conducted in Spring 2022 with more than 500 higher-ed administrators from a range of universities nationwide, seeks answers to this question and explores whether or not these changes will stick.

Read our latest research brief, Stepping Up to Innovate: College Administrators Assess Higher Ed’s Ability to Change Itself to find out critical issues college leaders are facing when fostering change and how they are coping with clashing priorities during the process.
  • The Covid-Era Innovation Imperative College administrators agree on Covid’s role in accelerating change on campuses. Yet, is this favorable climate for change here to stay or fade away?
  • Belief in the Ability to Change Is it the inner resistance that is responsible for hindering an institution’s capacity to change? Read to find out where the college leaders stand on fostering innovation.
  • Facing Barriers to Innovation Is lack of sufficient funds the biggest obstacle to innovation across campus? What’s the role of inspired leadership in managing change?