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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

The Secret Sauce of College Admissions

Moody’s issued a report last week pointing to a basic discrepancy in how we view college admissions that underscores the collapse of the college tuition-dependent finance model. In its report, … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Colleges Must Learn How to Pay Their Bills

We have reached a tipping point in public opinion with forecasts by some that as many as one-third of America’s private colleges and universities may not survive the next ten … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Vision Thing in Higher Education

Finding a good college president is a little like choosing the right college. You know it when you feel it. This is not to say that the best presidents are … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Foreign Students and the US Higher Education Admissions Market

Let’s assume that a Chinese family, anxious to provide their child with a world-class education, searches the web to determine where to start. They also base their search on anecdotal … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

College Relations: Boston’s Brains Behind the Olympics

In a fascinating op ed in the Boston Globe recently, Andrew W. Lo, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Tom Rutledge, chief investment strategist at Alpha Simplex … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Putting the “Trust” Back in Trustee: The Role of the Trustee in College Governance

Last week, a group convened by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni issued a report examining the role of trustees in college and university governance. The report, titled “Governance … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Increasing College Diversity

In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good – even noble – reasons for doing so. … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

College Parents: How to Say the Long Goodbye

Students come to the college experience through a variety of doors. Nearly half of them begin at two-year institutions. Millions more do not fall into the traditional pool of 18-22 … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Higher Ed CFO Survey: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Last week, Gallup and Inside Higher Ed released a fascinating and troubling survey examining the opinions of CFO’s on the state of American higher education. CFO’s from 438 colleges and … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 3 Comments
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