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March 28, 2018

The higher education landscape is evolving and challenging many institutions who are unprepared to respond effectively to these challenges.  For example, multiple factors have contributed to a 12 percent contraction of the higher education industry since 2011.  In Fall 2017, only 34 percent of institutions met their enrollment targets. 

March 23, 2018

Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies 

Shifting demographics and consumer behaviors coupled with rising student debt, a deflationary trend in tuition pricing, and other pressures have contributed to a 12 percent contraction of the higher education industry since 2011. In Fall 2017, only 34 percent of institutions met their enrollment targets. 

March 13, 2018

Many institutions are embracing public private partnerships (P3) to unlock the value of their campus properties, generate revenue, and create attractive campus facilities. Many colleges and universities see P3s as a prime method to accomplish the construction of new student housing facilities with retail spaces on the first and second floors. Others utilize P3s to renovate or revamp existing housing facilities. P3s, if done correctly, produce facilities that generate revenue for the institution and...

March 8, 2018

Jim Tucker, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

To address the challenges of the current higher education environment, many institutions are embracing public-private partnerships (P3) to unlock the value of their campus properties, generate revenue, and create attractive campus facilities. Public-private partnerships benefit all stakeholders: the public sector benefits from the unique resources and networking capabilities of institutions, while the private sector contains the...

February 28, 2018

Michael J. Cooney, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

Institutions looking to grow revenue and explore new business models could consider building, buying, or affiliating with another organization or institution to enhance their own sustainability. 

February 26, 2018

Michael J. Cooney, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

Higher education is not immune to the events that have historically impacted other industries, including new entrants, new technologies, labor agreements, and innovative services that alter industry dynamics.  Within the evolving, challenging landscape of higher education, there will be winners and losers; some institutions will adapt and succeed, others will not.  

February 16, 2018

Jim Lanier, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

Top-of-the-pyramid philanthropy is inspired by big, noble ideas or institutional opportunities. It is critical to realize that part of the paradigm shift in today’s giving climate is that the top two percent of investors rarely contribute large sums of resources into short-term survival tactics or institutional needs.  Instead, they tend to invest in solutions and long-term ideas–those promising to solve complex problems–that...

February 8, 2018

Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies

In today’s changing higher education environment, it is important to realize that no institution can cut its way to prosperity. That said, strategic approaches to cost containment and realignment are vital pieces of an overall plan to ensure fiscal sustainability at your institution.  

February 6, 2018

Jim Lanier, Senior Consultant, AGB Institutional Strategies

It is critical to realize that part of the paradigm shift in today’s “giving” climate is that the top two percent of investors rarely contribute large sums of resources into short-term survival tactics or institutional needs.  Instead, they tend to invest in solutions and long-term ideas—those promising to solve complex problems—that align with their aspirations. 

January 24, 2018

Dr. Jim Hundrieser, Associate Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies 

Creating a sustainable business model–characterized by diversification and strategic, long-term revenue growth–should be one of the top goals of any university or college.  However, successfully accomplishing this goal requires institutional willingness and resolve, as well as creativity and innovation.