Ruben, B. D., De Lisi, R., & Gigliotti, R. A. (2021). A guide for leaders in higher education: Concepts, competencies, and tools (2nd ed.). Routledge. Read Chapter 3: The Higher Education Landscape, pp. 31-43.
In this chapter, the authors outline four cross-cutting themes challenging higher education today: (1) financial issues, (2) changing student bodies, (3) teaching and learning, and (4) a changing workforce. These trends are explored, demonstrating some of the systemic challenges for higher education. This chapter explores how these trends create many problems for leaders. Also, take note of the section that discusses centralized vs. decentralized decision-making in the context of engagement (shared governance).
Jaschik, S. (2018, January 8). Are prospective students about to disappear? Inside Higher Education. This article explores one of the next significant changes in higher education: a decreasing student body based on the number of traditional college-going students.
Maloney, E. J., & Kim, J. (2020, January 22). 4 worries about higher education in the 2020s. Inside Higher Education. This article outlines four trends to watch affecting higher education in the next decade, including continued inequity, state funding issues, fewer masters students generating much-needed tuition income, and decreased attention on student learning. Don't forget to read the comments. It's always interesting to see what other educators say regarding issues in their local communities.
Cavanaugh, J. C. (2018, June 4). Higher education in the postdegree era. Inside Higher Education. This article debates the value of a degree, what and how students learn, and the need for life-long learning. The author makes arguments for how higher education can respond to these changes and meet these new demands.
Seltzer, R. (2020, January 29). More trustees fear for the future. Inside Higher Education. This article outlines some of the results of a recently administered Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges survey to university and college trustees. The most significant trend is the concerns related to financial issues, including state funding, student debt, and the overall sustainability of the higher education sector. Don't forget to read the comments. It's always interesting to see what other educators say regarding issues in their local communities.
Joutz, M. (2018, February 28). Ruth Simmons on cultivating the next generation of college students. New York Times (Online). New York Times Company. This week, we return to Ruth Simmons now in her role as president of Prairie View A&M University. While she discusses themes that cross over the topics of multiple weeks in this course, pay attention to the trends in the higher education landscape related to student development and finances.