Higher ed enrollment concerns and strategies

December 20, 2016


Enrollment declines
will be the most pressing concern keeping presidents and other top officials up at night in 2017. Seven in 10 who responded to a UB survey named it as the area with the greatest potential for causing the institution financial or reputational harm. State budget cuts, at 44 percent, are the next biggest worry for the 66 responding presidents, provosts and chancellors.

Sexual assault policies have been top-of-mind for campus officials for several years now. Three-quarters of campus leaders say they spent significant time last year on prevention and procedures in this area, and more than half expect to engage in new discussions this year. More than one in five are concerned about related reputational issues in the year to come.

At least half of the 74 admissions,enrollment and financial aid administrators responding to a separate survey anticipate a modest or significant increase in traditional-age students and transfer students. Just under half expect an increase in students who are first-generation, or from other states or countries.

The published tuition rate is expected to increase at nearly seven in 10 institutions. One in five report it will stay the same, and 1 percent say it will decrease.

Popular admissions and marketing actions for 2017 include focusing more on data for student lifecycle tracking, creating new articulation agreements to make transfer easier, and crossing department lines to bolster student success and completion.

Beefing up financial literacy initiatives continues to be important to colleges and universities. Top efforts for 2017 include intensifying outreach to current and prospective students; focusing more on financial topics outside of student loan debt; and more actively counseling students about the financial implications of their course and major choices. Still, less than 10 percent of respondents report having a mandatory financial literacy program.

Survey of presidents, provosts and chancellors

Top campus officials on financial and reputational harm

… but schools seem to be meeting the enrollment challenge for 2017

Sexual assault and reputational harm

On the agenda for 2017:


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