Scary Numbers in #HigherEd

Cover 2015 IHE_PresidentsSurveyInside Higher Ed unveiled its annual survey of college presidents last week, on Friday the 13th.

Intentional? I doubt it. But surveyed presidents’ lack of confidence in higher education’s financial situation over the next decade is scary, nonetheless.

They expressed the least confidence in nonelite private four-year colleges, with just 10 percent agreeing that their business models were sustainable, for-profit colleges (16 percent) and nonflagship public four-year universities (20 percent).

Community colleges saw the biggest drop in confidence. 34 percent of those surveyed agreed that two-year colleges had a sustainable business model, down from 45 percent last year.

Yikes. I wonder what percentage of college presidents gets a good night’s sleep regularly.

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