Aligning financial sustainability with student access and success: Opportunities for private colleges
America’s private nonprofit colleges and universities are facing serious financial and demographic challenges. How they respond can affect students for years to come.
Despite rising interest in strengthening college finances and increasing equity in student access and success, public discussions and institutional decision-making often treat these as goals as unrelated or even conflicting. This report takes a different approach, providing insights, examples and guiding principles for strengthening institutional financial sustainability through focused attention on student access, completion and overall success.
The researchers examined recent academic and practitioner research, expert analyses and public comments by key stakeholders to formulate their conclusions. They also conducted in-depth interviews with institutional leaders, subject-area experts and philanthropy professionals.