Future Higher Education Economics

What Every College and University Needs to Know

This infographic outlines critical challenges facing higher education leaders related to costs, supply and demand, revenue, and infrastructure - and how to prepare for the future.

Academic Vital Signs

It’s almost become old hat to say that the higher education economic model is “broken.” Unstable future revenues. Ballooning costs. For some, it’s survival at risk. But even the most fortunate are concerned that there won’t be sufficient budget to sustain excellence, much less fund new ambitions. Yet despite all the talk about an economic model that fundamentally needs to change, college and university executives note a dearth of critical information, worrying that:

  • Institutions have been too reliant on straightline forecasts—not taking into account that future economic drivers may be very different.
  • The threat of a fiscal cliff is looming—but it’s unclear when that will occur, what are the best inflection points, and how fast we need to act.
  • Stakeholders keep hearing that the “sky is falling”—but don’t believe it or think “it won’t happen here” absent credible data.


Prepare your institution for the future

Higher education is rapidly approaching a transformational moment. Intensifying competition, shrinking populations, and changing attitudes about academia all cast an uncertain future for colleges and universities.

EAB's Higher Education Strategy Forum is designed to help college and university presidents navigate this increasingly challenging environment through tailored support, strategic research, and opportunities for off-the-record discussion with peers. Learn More.

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