Prepared for Jennifer G. | Delivered February 6, 2020
Top Challenges for Higher Education Institutions
A list of the top five challenges that U.S. universities and colleges face, with links to articles about the challenges.
60.8% of university presidents
say that financial issues is the top challenges facing higher education institutions.
71% of 400
chief business officers stated that higher education institutions are facing financial difficulties.
Decline in Student Enrollment
A survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup found that only
34% of institutions
met their enrollment targets in 2017. This is a decline from
42% in 2015
85% of admissions staff
worry about low enrollment.
Decline in Public Financial Support
For the last 30 years universities and colleges have faced
declining amounts of public funding.
30 years ago
70% of higher education's
operating budget came from state funding,
compared to 6% today.
Declining public funding has led to
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