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4 Post-Pandemic Challenges Facing Higher Education

Declining enrollments, equity gaps, digital expectations and more: Overcoming the hurdles ahead will require innovation, grit and institutional change.

The pandemic is the biggest challenge that higher education has faced in decades. But within every challenge lies an opportunity — in this case, to reinvent higher education so that it serves a new generation of students more effectively.

As campus leaders look ahead, they must apply the lessons they’ve learned over the last 18 months to support the changing needs of students and staff. However, this won’t be easy. Nationwide, student enrollment declined significantly last year, and demographic shifts on the horizon could bring further challenges. Achievement gaps have always existed, but those gaps have only widened since the emergence of COVID-19. The pandemic has also taken a big toll on students’ mental health, and students are going to need additional support services when classes resume in the fall.

Download this new Viewpoints: The Trends whitepaper to learn some of the top challenges and key trends facing higher-education institutions in the coming years.

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