What Now? What’s Next?

During the peak of the depression in 1936, poet Carl Sandburg wrote his famous poetry book The People, Yes, which according to reviews “lauded the perseverance of all people.” Needless to say, perseverance is now a must and definitely captures the essence of what will be necessary to accomplish future success for colleges and universities in today’s marketplace.

Fall is upon us, and so many people are processing that lingering question, “What now and what’s next?” Many members of campus communities are already burned out about all that they have had to do just to get to this point in time. College and university leaders have shared with us that there is even more consternation about the coming year because of the economic consequences of this year and the uncertainty that is so prevalent among students and families regarding their own personal financial situations.

For better or worse, this is a “coming of age” moment in time for all of higher education—along with the individuals and families thinking about getting some type of post-secondary education.

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2020 is a very memorable year on many fronts and prompts significant reflection about the evolving future of higher education. We have always advocated that there is a genuine need for more colleges and universities to be edupreneurial and think about real possibilities that can facilitate viable solutions. Reflecting on “what now and what’s next” definitely requires perseverance—and hopefully, will be a catalyst for recovery and rejuvenation.


High Concern?

55% of private college admissions officials said they were very concerned about meeting their enrollment goals this fall. (Source: Inside Higher Ed)

Systemic Change

Kevin Carey proposed a new higher ed ecosystem intended to work for everyone instead of only the elite. (Source: Washington Monthly)

Relevance Renaissance

Brandon Busteed argues “higher ed is going to need a whole new playbook to reverse or at least slow its decline.” (Source: Forbes)