Annual Higher Education Outlook

BKD National Higher Education Group has studied the challenges facing many college and university clients and shared the findings to help them develop strategies for success. The firm surveyed clients about four critical areas:  leadership, labor costs, external environment and resources. For your convenience, the conclusions—along with key questions and practical suggestions for navigating the year ahead—have been compiled in the 2017 Annual Higher Education Outlook.

Leadership Challenges Survey Findings

Overarching question:  How does leadership align with your goals for upgrading your college or university business model? Click the image below for BKD insights and key questions related to leadership changes and challenges.

External Environment Survey Findings

Overarching question:  What effect does the external environment have on your college or university business model? Click the image below for high-level insights and key questions facing institutions.

Labor Cost Survey Findings

Overarching question:  How will you manage your largest cost, labor? Click the image below to view key survey findings, important questions institutions should be asking and BKD insights into managing labor costs.

Financial Resources Survey Findings

Overarching question:  How do we strike a balance between financial sustainability and institutional mission and are they mutually exclusive? Click the image below to view key survey findings, important questions institutions should be asking and BKD insights into wisely allocating resources.

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