Will Community Colleges Rally After COVID-19?

Posted by Bob Atkins on Feb 24, 2021 11:15:07 AM

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We took a look at our data to find out which programs offer the most promise.

Following the 2008-9 recession, enrollment at public two-year colleges and for-profit institutions grew to 7.6 million, up from about 6.4 million in 2007.  Over the following ten years or so, the growth ebbed a bit, but when Covid-19 brought another economic recession, it was expected that community college enrollment would pick up again, especially in Certificate programs–displaced workers would seek short-term training for new jobs.  If you are reading this, you probably know that is not what happened.

Topics: Academic Programs, Program Economics, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Community Colleges


The State of Online Competition for Higher Education

Posted by Bob Atkins on Feb 15, 2021 7:30:00 AM

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In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical

Posted by Bob Atkins on Feb 8, 2021 8:30:00 AM

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There is a good chance that you are losing potential students right from your own backyard. In the post-COVID world, online education is growing and the competition for student demand is intense.  Students in your markets may be going right out of your own proverbial backyard, and if you aren’t looking at the right data, you may not even know it, let alone correct for it. Accurate insights are critical for making the most efficient program decisions and investing in drawing your students closer to home.  

Topics: Online Courses, Competition


What is the University's Purpose?

Posted by William F. Massy on Jan 18, 2021 8:30:00 AM

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The recent Chronicle of Higher Education/Deloitte report, “The College Business Model in a Crisis,” rekindled my concerns about the ultimate purposes of our enterprise and how these purposes can more effectively guide planning and operational decision-making.  The questions are no longer hypothetical, if indeed they ever were. Will problem-solving triggered by the hyper-disruptive COVID-19 event reaffirm core academic values or will it spawn new business models that, over time, will undermine them?

Topics: Higher Education, 2021, Innovation, Mission, purpose


Looking Ahead to 2021 and Beyond: What’s On Your Radar?

Posted by Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson on Jan 13, 2021 9:07:22 AM

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Topics: Higher Education, 2021, Innovation, Looking Ahead


News From the North Pole

Posted by Robert Gray Atkins on Dec 22, 2020 8:20:12 AM


A Little Cheer for a Dreary Year

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Topics: Employment Trends, Santa, Happy Holidays


Escaping the Academic Equality Quagmire

Posted by William F. Massy on Nov 24, 2020 11:01:48 AM

Escaping the Program Equality Quagmire

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Academic programs, and the courses that deliver their content, are not of equal importance.  The implications of this came home to me recently when, in a webinar on academic resourcing, a participant objected that provosts and deans should not “put their thumbs on the scale” by considering program importance when deciding admission targets and departmental budgets.  “All programs and courses are of equal importance,” the participant asserted. “Providing their quality is good, all should have equal access to funding.”

Topics: Programs, College Courses, Program Economics, Curricular Efficiency


Expect the Unexpected

Posted by Robert Gray Atkins on Oct 26, 2020 2:41:45 PM

Benchmarking Course Costs and Margins:

Gray Associates has begun developing benchmarks on revenue, direct instructional cost, and gross margin by academic program, course, and section. Our first cut at the data, for 100 to 400-level courses in small colleges had some surprising results. A word of caution, these are early results on a sample of schools. As the sample grows, the results may change.

Topics: Benchmarking


Revolution in AR

Posted by William F. Massy on Sep 22, 2020 1:17:53 PM

It’s Time for a Revolution in Academic Resourcing

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This new academic year is unlike any other.  Colleges and universities are coping with nasty deficits and cash flow problems, but the probable long-term disruptions are even more worrisome.  Never in my half-century of close involvement with academic resourcing have I seen such threats to the operating and financial sustainability of so many institutions.  As Charles Dickens said, it is the worst of times.

Topics: Programs, Academic Programs, Program Economics, Curricular Efficiency, Academic Resourcing


5 Destructive Myths about Innovation

Posted by Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson on Aug 6, 2020 11:43:56 AM

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Check out this insightful guest blog by Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson, Distinguished Professor of Higher Ed Leadership, Founding Director, HELOS and CHELIP, Provost Emerita at Bay Path University and current host of the IngenioUs podcastTake a listen here https://ingeniousu.org

Creative thinking skills are more important than ever if we are to deal with the vast and complex array of challenges facing nearly all colleges and universities.  In my own research on successful college management practices, one of the most enduring characteristics of resilient institutions is an ‘innovative mindset'.  Especially when times are tough—like right now—the ability to anticipate, listen, and act quickly is often the thing that sets successful colleges apart.