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The emergence of COVID-19 has unimaginably altered the higher education landscape in the United States, and the tragic events and racial unrest in 2020 necessitate serious reflection on higher education's role in systemic racism. Even in this tumultuous year, three tenets remain steady for higher education:

  • Leaders should trust the evidence: Data make clear where challenges and opportunities exist.
  • Stakeholders must make a commitment to underrepresented communities.
  • Deep investment in higher education remains necessary.

Explore our observations on the state of higher education in 2020 and the supporting data in the following briefs and slide decks. We encourage you to customize the slides for use with your stakeholders.

 

The value of higher education through a COVID-19 lens.

The Value of Higher Education Through a COVID-19 Lens

Across college campuses, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students have sought safe and sustainable paths forward to fulfill their institutions’ missions—and they are doing so because postsecondary training, education, and the pursuit of knowledge remain sound aspirations in the face of so much uncertainty.

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Racial disparities in U.S. higher education.

Confronting the Need to Address Racial Disparities in U.S. Higher Education

Higher education in the U.S. is not immune from American systemic racism. Many studies illustrate that current college and university policies and practices perpetuate it, and institutions and their business officers must work to increase equity for students and staff.

 Read the Medium article »

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The current state of higher education.

2019 Perceptions and Priorities

In our debut of this work, NACUBO sought to help bridge the seemingly disconnected discussions policymakers and the general public were having about student loan debt, college costs, and free college with the strategic conversations administrators and trustees are having about revenue demands, business models, and what it takes to deliver on educational demands. Read more »

 

About the State of Higher Education Series

NACUBO's goal with this scope of work is to improve the national conversation around higher education. Through articles, conversations, and other avenues, NACUBO asks stakeholders to spend time considering the role of higher education in society, the pressures facing the sector, and actionable steps administrators and policymakers can take to preserve and enhance the value of a postsecondary degree.

We are supporting our observations with data on the current state of affairs in formats we hope you will use to continue the conversation in your community. A handful of slides illustrate the same concept in different ways, allowing users to tailor their presentations to their audiences.

The series was initiated as a part of NACUBO's 2019 Strategic Blueprint.

Contact

Liz Clark

Vice President, Policy and Research

202.861.2553


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