Four ways to address the real challenges in PSE

October 4, 2016

“Higher education faces challenges that are real and inescapable,” writes Steven Mintz for Inside Higher Ed, “[but] many of the points that the critics make are certainly overblown.” Mintz argues that while higher ed faces new pressures from disruptive technologies and changing student expectations, its biggest challenges stem from rising costs associated with health and retirement benefits, plant maintenance, and operations. To address these challenges, Mintz offers four possible strategies for institutions: create a more differentiated and customized experience for students, increase funding for institutions that serve a large number of low-income students, place more emphasis on skill development in curricula, and find a way to attract and serve untapped groups of students. Inside Higher Ed