Higher Education Leadership

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Meeting higher education challenges

Demographic and societal changes are creating new challenges regarding the business of higher education.  The TIAA Institute focuses on such issues as faculty diversity, sustainability, developing the next generation of leaders, governance and others. 

Want to learn more about our higher education insights? Download our 2018 TIAA Institute Higher Education Thought Leadership Annotated Bibliography.

TIAA Institute Reports

Original research produced by the TIAA Institute—both independently and in collaboration with noted scholars—examines topics of interest to the academic, nonprofit and public sectors. The reports combine statistical findings with thoughtful, data-driven observations and conclusions to provide in-depth analyses that are informative and appropriate for both technical and general audiences.

August 2022

Although debt is an important tool institutions use to meet strategic goals, many higher education stakeholders have only a limited understanding of the process of institutional borrowing.

June 2022

How should higher education leaders think about future technology needs in the context of student access and success?

June 2022

As the pandemic emerged in early 2020, educators and policymakers grew increasingly concerned about its potential impacts on access-oriented colleges and equity. How would underrepresented populations fare in the context of radically changed campus operations?

April 2022

Stagnant public investment and concerns about the cost of higher education have led innovative institutions to seek new revenue sources.

November 2021

Are colleges and universities investing in the digital infrastructure needed to address the changing needs of learners?

November 2021

The global pandemic opened the eyes of many postsecondary leaders to new realities and new possibilities.

June 2021

Liberatory design thinking—a way to address equity challenges and change efforts in complex systems—can help campus leaders rethink policy and practices for non-tenure-track faculty.

June 2021

Many higher education leaders believe any student should be able to attend any university without taking on unmanageable debt. Demographic trends suggest reaching this goal will be challenging.

May 2021

The pandemic has undoubtedly left its mark on higher education. How are institutions responding?