College consolidation, partnerships with employers and the effects of deregulation are among the topics we’ll have our eye on this year.
Higher education made a striking number of headlines in 2019, in part due to the Varsity Blues scandal that exposed the seedier aspects of college admissions and attracted nationwide attention for its celebrity perpetrators.
But last year brought other changes and controversies to higher ed. Conversations about how to keep struggling small colleges alive have resulted in new state accountability legislation, the first of its kind. And the myriad Democratic presidential contenders are pushing college affordability on the campaign trail — from sweeping free college proposals to cash infusions for troubled historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Below are seven issues affecting higher ed in 2019 that we expect to dominate the ever-changing landscape in the new year.