Higher Education at Risk
Strategies to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Tuition, and Stay Competitive in a Disruptive Environment

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
256 pp., 6" x 9"
Sandra Featherman believes that colleges are in denial about the severity of the threats to the current model of higher education.

Based on her own experience as a president, as a trustee, and as a board member who has worked in private and public universities – and on interviews with the presidents of major institutions – she offers both a trenchant analysis of those threats and clear prescriptions about the painful but necessary decisions that colleges need to make to ensure they remain viable, accessible and affordable, and deliver a high-quality education.

Sandra Featherman considers higher education to be at a game-changing moment. When markets don’t function well – as is the case with today’s college marketplace with offerings that cost too much and return too little – it opens the door to new types of suppliers, who offer new ways of providing what students are looking for, particularly the increasing cohort of mature, working students.

In the face of new competitors – for-profit education companies, technology start-ups, and foreign universities vying for international students – trustees and senior level administrators are generally stuck in a traditional ethos and with decision-making processes unsuited to these times. They know what used to work, and find it easier to follow old ways than to make the difficult transition to new ways of delivering education.

She lays out a strategy: that emphasizes the centrality of students and how to provide them with the most effective learning environment; that is clear-eyed about focusing on the core missions, and abandoning practices that constrain or impede them; and that requires constant self-monitoring to learn from and act upon what works. She offers a blueprint for redesigning institutions, for paring away what is unnecessary and cost ineffective, and for adopting the best technologies, all in the service of developing meaningful degree programs at an affordable price, and widening access for under-represented groups.

She ranges over the implications of budget decisions, accreditation, and MOOCs; addresses government regulation and tuition costs; presents promising new models; and concludes with 11 key recommendations that should be heeded by all higher education administrators and trustees.

Table of Contents:
FOREWORD
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

PREFACE

1. HIGHER EDUCATION AT RISK

2. NONPROFIT COLLEGES
Strengths and Weaknesses

3. WHY COLLEGE COSTS ARE SO HIGH

4. HOW THE FOR-PROFITS DO IT

5. WHAT NONPROFIT COLLEGES MUST DO

6. CASE STUDIES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND CHALLENGES

7. PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

INDEX


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Reviews & Endorsements:
“The hot new television series is called "Scandal," but Dr. Sandra Featherman has exposed other every-day scandals in her tell-all new book, Higher Education at Risk. There will be many college presidents, university trustees, athletic directors and coaches, department chairs, and state officials who will probably need oxygen after reading Featherman's realistic analysis of why the costs are so high, who actually benefits, why the true amounts spent on athletics and sports at colleges are never really revealed, and why traditional nonprofit institutions of higher education are losing the battle.

“She does not shrink from providing recommendations to beef up the nonprofit colleges. She names names and offers examples of how funds are misused, and why college tuition costs in many instances are outrageous.

“Higher Education at Risk also offers recipes for success, for those who are courageous enough to heed her advice. This is a must-read book for anyone involved in higher education, and certainly for those who donate to their alma maters or who fund the budgets for these institutions.”
- Bonnie Squires , award-winning freelance journalist, regular contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and a fundraising and communications consultant to colleges and universities
“Dr. Sandra Featherman brings her enormous depth and breadth of experience to an important and comprehensive look at the state of higher education in America today. In simultaneously intelligent and straightforward terms, she provides pointed insights into the pros and cons of various approaches to higher education, and concrete measures that can be undertaken to ensure both the viability of our institutions and most critically the best interests of students. This is an essential book for anyone seeking fresh, creative and timely thinking at this moment when education is at a crossroads in our nation.”
- Former U.S. Senator, Olympia J. Snowe , and Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
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