College President’s Report April-May

Appointments

University of Nebraska Names Prime Candidate for President

Joanne Li has been named the prime candidate for chancellor at the University of Nebraska. She will become the first woman of color to take the position (after a 30 day public vetting period).

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CUNY Medgar Evers Names First African American President

Dr. Patricia Ramsey has been announced as the first woman to lead CUNY Medgar Evers in Brooklyn. She previously served as the Senior Executive Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She will begin May 1st.

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Board names Sixth President at Holy Family

The board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Anne M. Prisco will become the school’s Sixth president. She will begin in July of 2021

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New President Named at Indiana

Pamela Whitten, current president of Kennesaw State, has been named the 19th President of Indiana University. She will begin her tenure on July 1st 2021.

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Interim President Announced by Board at Oregon State

The Board of Trustees at Oregon State has voted to place Rebecca Johnson as the school’s interim president. Johnson has served as VP of OSU – Cascades since 2009. She will begin her interim presidency on May 1st and serve until a permanent president is appointed.

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Interim President Selected at Iowa

Board of Regents have selected Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate College, John Keller, to serve as Iowa’s interim president. Current president Bruce Harreld announced his retirement in October 2020.Keller will begin on May 17.

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Dr. Susan Poser Appointed President at Hofstra   

The board at Hofstra University has approved that Dr. Susan Poser will become the school’s next president. Poser currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academics at the University of Illinois Chicago. She will become the schools first female president on August 1st.

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Claremont Lincoln President Announces New Leader

Claremont Lincoln has announced that Dr. Lynn Priddy will become the school’s next president. Priddy will begin on April 1st and replace tony Digiovanni who is retiring and remaining on the board of directors.

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North Shore CC Names Next Leader

William Heineman has been named the next president at North Shore Community College. Is the current provost at Northern Essex CC.

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Northern Penn Names Next President

The Board of Trustees has named Susan Snelick to become the schools next president. Snelick will begin this summer.

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OKC University Hires New President

Oklahoma City University has announced that current president of Lamar University, Kenneth Evans, will become the school’s new president. He will become the 19th president on July 1st 2021.

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Board Selects Next President at Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State University A&M Board of regents has picked Dr. Kayse Shrum to become the schools 19th president. Shrum currently serves as president of the OSU Center for Health and Sciences in Tulsa Oklahoma. Shrum will become the school’s first female leader on July 1st.

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Point Park University Selects Next President

Point Park University has approved Donald J. Green as the university’s 8th president.  Green is the current president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome. He will begin this summer after the retirement of Dr. Paul Hennigan.

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Rhode Island Names New President

The Board of Trustees at The University of Rhode Island has named Marc Parlange President of the school. Parlange currently serves as provost at Monash University in Australia and will begin in August.

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New President at Tulsa

Brad Carson has been named the next president at Tulsa University. He will begin his tenure on July 21st 2021

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VMI Announces Next President

Major General Cedric Wins will become the next leader of the Virginia Military Institute. Wins graduated in 1985 and began his interim leadership last year.

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Lehigh President Selected         

The Lehigh Board has announced the selection of Joseph J. Helble to become the school’s next president. Helble currently serves as the Lehigh’s provost and will begin his presidency on August 16.

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Nevada State Announces New President

Regents have approved DeRionne Pollard to become Nevada State’s next president. Pollard is the current president at Montgomery College in Maryland.

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New Chancellor Selected at Rutgers – Camden

Antonio D. Tillis has been announced as the next Chancellor at Rutgers – Camden. Tillis will begin his post on July 1st 2021.

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Iowa Announces Next President

Barbara Wilson has been announced as the 22nd president of the University of Iowa. Wilson currently serves as executive VP and VP for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System. She will begin her roll as president on July 15th, 2021.

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Retirements

Dominican President Set to Retire

Donna Carroll has announced that she will retire as president from Dominican University. Carroll has served the school for 27 years and will leave at the end of this academic year.

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Howard Community College President to Retire

Dr. Kathleen Hetherington has announced that she plans leave her post as president at Howard Community College. Hetherington has served as the school’s leader since 2007 and will retire on October 1, 2021.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Resignations

Seattle President to Resign

Seattle Pacific President Daniel Martin has announced that he will resign from his position effective April 5,2021. Martin served as leader for 9 years.

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Tuskegee University President Resigns

Gilbert L Rochon has announced that he is resigning from his post immediately. Dr Rochon served for six years. No reason was given for the resignation.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Marshall University President to Step Down

President Jerome A. Gilbert has announced that he will resign at the end of his term, which ends in July 2022. Gilbert said, “for a variety of personal and professional reasons, I have informed the Board of Governors that I will not seek an extension of my current contract and will be stepping down from my position effective July 15, 2022.”

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Oregon State University President Resigns

Oregon State President, F. King Alexander, has announced his resignation. The resignation comes on the heels of outrage stemming from his role in the LSU sexual misconduct scandal.

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College administrator Turnover

College Administrator Data/Turnover Rates: 2018-Present

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that top-level positions at colleges and universities are experiencing some of the highest employee turnover rates when compared to other administrators. Our analysis tracked administrators at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and found that presidents, chancellors and provosts were three of the top fifteen positions with the highest administrative turnover in the last 36 months. Provosts were number one in turnover.

Noted are the top 15 turnover percentages for college administrators tracked in the HEP, Inc. database since April 2018, or 36 months.

    1. Provosts 50%
    2. Dean of Education 44%
    3. Dean of Art and Science 42%
    4. Director of Branch Campus 42%
    5. Dean of Business 42%
    6. Director of Institutional Advancement 41%
    7. Director of Enrollment Management 39%
    8. Director of Diversity 39%
    9. Director of Admissions 39%
    10. Chief Financial/Business Officer 37%
    11. Chief Student Affairs/Student Life Officer 37%
    12. Associate Academic Officer 37%
    13. Chief Executive Officer (President/Chancellor) 36%
    14. Chief HR Officer 35%
    15. Director of Student Housing 35%

*Positions listed required a minimum of 700 reported administrator counts to be included. Administrator turnover rates are pulled from schools that reported that particular position in 2018 and 2021.

  • The average turnover rate of 125 different administrator positions tracked by HEP Inc. was 34%.
  • Of the 3,391 provosts reported by schools in The Higher Education Directory in 2018 and 2021, 1,691 or 50% are new as of April 2021.
  • Presidents and chancellors are 13th on the list with a total of 1,502 out of 4,135, or 36% being new.
  • Rounding out the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage turnover are directors of institutional research with 26% changed.

When compared to other administrators, the cause for such high-level turnover in presidents and provosts can be linked to many diverse issues such as growing financial instability, COVID, and faculty and Board pressures. Also, traditionally colleges and universities have made leadership selections from within, minimizing risk. According to the American Council on Education, 60 percent of current presidents at doctoral-granting universities were once provosts prior to accepting presidency. However, another study released by ACE found that only 30 percent of current provosts plan to pursue presidency. As a result, traditionally qualified presidents are becoming harder to find, thus creating a higher risk of turnover through a limited supply of conventional talent.

According to Roland King, former VP for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (an association of more than 1,000 private non-profit college presidents), finding qualified presidents is increasingly complicated. King says that half of exiting presidents in 2018 had a tenure of 10 years and that following an established president has its positives and negatives. He said, “certainly, long tenure indicates some level of institutional stability, and often a supportive board of trustees, but it also can point toward institutional atrophy. An administration can get lulled into a ‘way we’ve always done it’ mentality, ignore danger signs and fight change and innovation.”

According to R. William Funk, CEO of R. William Funk & Associates, “There has recently been a spate of presidents stepping down or retiring under a cloud of controversy. In some cases, the departure of the president has been hastened by wrongful deeds perpetuated by subordinates, while others are victims of greater student and faculty activists, board dysfunction, or the accumulation of controversial decisions they have made. Rightly or wrongly, the buck stops at the feet of the president.”

COVID-19 has undoubtedly increased issues facing upper level administrators since spring of 2019. According to an ACE survey done between April and July of 2020, currently the most pressing issues for presidents include long term financial viability, mental health of students, faculty and staff, and sustaining an online learning environment. According to Larry Lad, a senior consultant at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, “Leadership is situational and presidents who were put into place to make incremental changes in a relatively stable environment can no longer count on the same set of skills to carry them through the coming months in years.”

Only time will tell whether top leaders can execute an acute understanding of today’s complex issues that are increasingly leading to involuntary turnover.  It’s difficult to predict whether COVID will keep turnover rates up, however you can stay up-to-date with college and university administrators through HigherEd Direct – the database used to compile this research article: Free Trial Here.

Controversial Accrediting Body Dangerously Close to Losing Federal Recognition

The Education Department has recommended withdrawing recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or ACICS, as officials say the largest for-profit college accrediting agency has exhibited an “unprecedented level of noncompliance” in the past and present.  The potential termination comes on the heels of a damning Education Department report noting that ACICS is not meeting federal standards.

Education Department findings charge that the accrediting body consists of employees who simply lack qualifications, “the agency failed to demonstrate that it has competent and knowledgeable individuals, qualified by education and experience in their own right and trained by the agency on their responsibilities, as appropriate for their roles, regarding the agency’s standards, policies, and procedures.” This is not the first time Higher Ed policy experts have criticized the accrediting body.

Under Education Secretary Betsy Devos, ACICS (a historically for-profit accreditor), fought for its accreditation reinstatement after the Obama administration eliminated its recognition in 2016­ – citing pervasive compliance problems with schools who attained accreditation under the council. ACICS accredited and shuttered schools such as ITT Tech, The Corinthian Colleges, and other for-profit institutions “routinely failed to adequately police schools under its oversight,” according the Education Department. However, in March of 2018 a federal court found that ACICS’s 36,000 pages petitioning for recognition had not been entirely examined by Education Department officials in leu of revoking ACICS’s status. Secretary Devos then signed an official order retaining the status of ACICS as a federally recognized accrediting agency, citing a “flawed” decision-making process.

Four years later, US Department of Education officials have noted in a new report, ACICS is still not able to comply with federal requirements and has failed at protecting students and taxpayers. According to Kyle Southern, policy and advocacy director for higher education and workforce at Young Invincible:

Yesterday’s recommendation from the staff at the Education Department only affirms what too many people have known for too long: ACICS has failed in its responsibility to ensure its member institutions provide anything close to the quality of education new should expect from any college or university…we welcome this step in the process toward revoking ACICS as an accreditor and putting some of the worst actors in the field of higher education on notice. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) should take this recommendation seriously, and the Department should ultimately fulfill its obligation to maintain the integrity of accreditation and access to federal funds.”

On February 24th, in an 11-to-1 vote, NACICQI voted in recommendation of discrediting ACICS. The Education Department is required to make its final decision within the next 90 days, after which ACICS can appeal the result to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

What does this mean for schools accredited by ACICS?

There are 55 ACICS accredited schools in the 2021 HigherEd Direct Database.  26 of those institutions have additional accreditations and will most likely not be impacted if ACICS loses federal recognition. Of the 29 that are alone accredited with ACICS, three are actively seeking alternative accreditors for recognition at this time. A list of 26 schools with sole ACICS accreditation can be found here.

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Courts Force Education Department to Forgive $150 Million in Student Loans

The Department of Education will begin forgiving $150 million worth of student loan debt for those attending for-profit colleges that closed while students were still enrolled. Officials say that around 15,000 former students’ debts will be excused. The loans are being forgiven after a federal judge ruled that Education Secretary Betsy Devos was unlawfully delaying an Obama-era policy known as “borrower defense to repayment”.

Last year the Department of Education rolled back two Obama administration regulations aimed to protect students and hold for-profit colleges more accountable. One, the “borrower defense to repayment” was intended to go in place in July, and is designed to make it easier for students who said they were defrauded by their schools to get their loans potentially forgiven. The courts have ruled that Devos’ attempts to repeal the regulations are illegal. The Education Department will begin notifying former students today that it is forgiving around $150 million in student loan debt, over half of which will be cancelled for students who attended the now closed Corinthian Colleges.

 

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University of Mississippi Resigns

University of Mississippi President to Resign, Other Major Schools also Seeing Recent Turnover

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced on Monday that he will resign from his post at this end of this calendar year. Vitter became chancellor of the school in January of 2016 after serving as provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas. Some students were surprised to hear about Vitter’s resignation. Sophomore Zoe Thaw said, “I feel like he did a great job while he was here, and I don’t know why he would be stepping down.”

Recently, another negative spotlight on Ole Miss may have contributed to Vitter’s resignation. In September Ed Meek, a Mississippi graduate and media entrepreneur, posted a Facebook rant complaining of lower enrollment, deteriorating property values and pictures of two African American women with racial undertones. Though Chancellor Vitter immediately condemned the post, it’s apparent the controversy has something to do with Vitter stepping down. Others (Conservative Donors) cite the university becoming exceptionally divided under a progressive Vitter—with his pushing to remove the flag of the state, encouraging the prohibition of playing Dixie at football, a debacle with the selection of a new mascot, and other issues which they believe is causing athletics, enrollment and public image of the school to suffer.

Mississippi isn’t the only school that is facing major recent changes in leadership. In the past month Maryland, South Carolina, Colorado State, the Tennessee System, and South Florida all have presidents and chancellors who are either retiring or resigning. Two weeks ago, Maryland’s President Dr. Wallace D. Loh announced he will be leaving the university in June of 2019 after a college football player died during practice. Loh’s administration was found to be partially responsible for an athletic department that allowed players to be abused for years. Loh said, “I have accepted that responsibility.” Colorado State’s President Tony Frank has announced his resignation for next summer saying, “it’s now time for the next step in our university’s trajectory, and that will require the articulation of a new vision for Colorado State.”

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Female Athletic Directors Almost Double Since 1990, Still Lag at D-I Programs

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that the number of women in college athletic director positions has almost doubled since 1990.  Our analysis tracked athletic director data dating back to 1990 and found that the rate of female ADs has grown from 11% to 19.5% overall at NCAA colleges and universities in the United States.

Based on college administrator data from the HigherEd Direct Database, the report examined athletic directors in Divisions I, II, and III from 1990 until July of 2018. Currently, 200 of the 1022—or just over 19% of institutions listed, have female athletic directors.

        

More specifically, the number and percentage of female ADs currently at Division I, II, and III schools are:

  • Division I: 39 of 339 or 12%
  • Division II: 41 of 286 or 14%
  • Division III: 120 of 397 or 30%

In the so-called “Power Five Conferences” of the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, the numbers are lower with only five of the 65 athletic departments (7.6 %) being run by women—North Carolina State, Pitt, Penn State, Virginia and Washington. According to Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, one reason is the stereotype of football and the culture of the programs that surround it. Barbour said, “There is this notion that because women, in general, don’t play football, how would you administer or supervise it?”

Another obstacle inhibiting female athletic directors is the fact that the college administrators doing the hiring–chancellors and presidents–are disproportionately male as well. According to a previous report, presently only 16 of the 115 major research universities (schools such as Stanford, Michigan and Clemson) have female presidents. And According to the American Council on Education, 30% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have female presidents (up from 9.5% in 1986).

Though slow, over the past two decades, the growth and progress made in the overall amount of female college presidents and athletic ADs is increasing, and many believe that the nature of hiring at the once male dominated position(s) is changing. Three of the top 15 schools in the final 2017 Associated Press football poll had female athletic directors. The ACC especially has made strides in hiring female ADs. Most Recently, UVA offered the top job to Carla Williams, making her the third female director in the conference after Pittsburg and NC State.

With as the number of sports fans and female athletes continuing to grow, the changing of perceptions and growing female representation in athletic programs will continue to follow, though it won’t be easy. Patti Phillips, CEO of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) says, “The athletics world is realizing that women as athletic directors are doing a pretty good job and that they are very positive leaders who develop good programs,” she says. “… A woman’s voice in the department of athletics needs to be heard.”

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College Basketball

Undrafted Basketball Players Could Return to College Under New NCAA Rules

In response to federal investigations into several prominent college basketball programs last fall, the NCAA has announced new rules regarding men’s basketball and student athletes. Two of the most significant changes include allowing student athletes to participate in the NBA draft and return to college if undrafted, and requiring Division I schools to pay for tuition, fees and books for both men and women’s basketball players who left school and returned later to attain their degree.

Other noteworthy rule changes include:

  • Elite college players may be represented by an agent, who is certified by the NCAA, to help them make more informed decisions about turning pro.
  • High school basketball student-athletes can make more college campus visits, paid for by colleges, beginning as soon as the summer before their junior school year.
  • As a term of employment, school presidents and athletics staff will be personally accountable for their sports programs following the rules, including full cooperation in the investigations and infractions process.
  • Those schools who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer suspensions, playoff bans, and recruiting restrictions.

The new rules come on the heels of a Condoleezza Rice-led commission aimed at cleaning up college basketball. The NCAA notes the changes are intended “to promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor.” The changes will have to be approved by the NBA Players Union and be drafted into the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Officials for the NCAA acknowledge that this week’s announcement is only the start.

 

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New Report Shows DeVos Restored Controversial Accreditor Despite Staff Opposition

An internal draft report that was forced to be released by a lawsuit last week, shows that Betsy DeVos’s own staff at the Department of Education condemned the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for once again failing to meet federal standards required for accreditation–with 57 of 93 standard criteria failing. The report goes on to recommend ACICS’s status as an accreditor be terminated. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Eric Kelderman, “For the second time in less than two years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education have recommended against approving a controversial accrediting agency that primarily oversees for-profit colleges.”

However, in April Secretary DeVos signed an official order reviving recognition of the disputed accrediting body. According an article by Erica Green in the The New York Times, “Education Secretary Betsy Devos disregarded a scathing review by her own staff this spring when she reinstated the watchdog body that had accredited two scandal-scarred for-profit universities whose bankruptcies left tens of thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of debt, a new report has revealed.”

Historically a for-profit accreditor, ACICS has fought for its accreditation reinstatement since the Obama administration eliminated its recognition in 2016 after reporting that the accreditor had failed to meet 21 of the 60 necessary criteria—citing “pervasive compliance problems” with schools which attained accreditation under the council. According to previous education secretary John King, ACICS “routinely failed to adequately police schools under its oversight,” including ITT Tech, The Corinthian Colleges, and other for-profit institutions.

DeVos’s order this spring to temporarily recognize ACICS came on the heels of a federal district judge’s ruling that previous secretary, John King, failed to consider key evidence and used a flawed process in removing ACICS accreditation. However, according to Alex Elson of the National Student Legal Defense Network, which sued to release the report, “Clearly she was well aware that ACICS was getting worse, not better, and has been working to help them anyway.” The report noted that ACICS had failed to demonstrate its evaluation of school compliance with federal student loan aid laws as well as documentation that they failed to implement graduate rate standards for schools, reforms that were promised this year.

A statement from the Education Department’s Frank Brogan called the report “an incomplete, pre-decisional document that may include errors of fact or omissions on the part of staff analysts.” While temporary, with restored recognition more than 100 colleges under ACICS will again be eligible to receive federal student aid. The department’s announcement does not entirely reverse the Obama era ban but allows ACICS continued recognition for an additional 6 months while the department “conducts a further review of ACICS’s 2016 petition for recognition.”

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Student Loans

Student Loan Debt Tops $1.5 Trillion Mark

According to the United States Federal Reserve, outstanding student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.52 trillion—up in the last ten years from $619 billion—an increase of over 145%. The new number surpasses all auto and credit card debts held by Americans and sees no signs of slowing.

A few reasons for increased student debt rates:

  • Slower repayment when compared to credit card and car loans
  • Constant cycle of new borrowers
  • Stagnant wages
  • Federal and State funding decreases causing higher tuition rates/fees

Currently, over half of student loan borrowers leaving school owe at least $20,000. That’s double, up from 25 percent in the last decade. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a study that analyzed borrowers who began repaying loans from 2002 to 2014 and looked at their repayment status through 2016. The data suggests that:

  • At least 40 percent of borrowers owe over $30,000.
  • Thirty percent of student loan borrowers are behind their loan balances after five years in repayment.
  • 50 percent of student loan borrowers are over 34 when they start repaying their loans.
  • 60 percent of those who cannot reduce their balances are delinquent.

The CFPB’s report also indicated growth in awareness among private companies who offer incentives to employees with student debt. Employers are increasingly helping their employees who borrowed by offering repayment assistance and other programs designed to help those in debt. Additionally, programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan allow borrowers employed in government and non-profit sectors to cancel debts after 10 years of non-delinquent payments. However, with student debts increasingly exceeding incomes, it’s a wonder if many repayments are even feasible.

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Small College Struggle

Small College Struggles Continue: Update

Last March we wrote on how a growing number of small liberal arts colleges were facing major financial challenges with the risk of shuttering operations. Since last spring, the number of small private school closures has grown to include: St. Gregory’s University, Grace University, Concordia College, Marygrove College, Atlantic Union College, and Moody Bible Institute.

These small schools share specific traits: high tuition, minimal endowments, religious affiliations and locations in rural or suburban areas.  Roughly one-third of the small private colleges rated by Moody’s Investors Service generated operating deficits in 2017, an increase from 20 percent in 2013.

Today’s students continue to shy away from expensive liberal arts schools that leave them in debt and are considering larger, public universities.  Moody’s recently released a report about college closures and said the amount of colleges closing in 2017-18 is expected to triple with small colleges the most at risk.

Increased tuition has forced many students to think more about value.  In recent years, larger schools have been able to offer better rates of financial aid and lower tuition.  With fewer students choosing smaller, more expensive universities, revenue from tuition has fallen.  Bigger schools have bigger endowments, allowing for flexibility.  Smaller, private schools don’t always have the assurance of large endowments to fall back on.  When budgets are stretched, the first thing to go are specialized programs and facilities.  Eventually smaller schools may be forced to lay off faculty and staff, thus decreasing overall value in the eyes of potential students.

Last year, due to ‘financial challenges’ St. Joseph’s College announced that it would cease operations at the end of its spring semester.  The school lost $4 to $5 million each year in revenue since 2012.  Board Chairman Benedict Sponseller said the school took out a large mortgage in hopes of increasing enrollment. When enrollment did not increase, St. Joseph’s began to spend its endowment, around $24 million in 2015, to stop the bleeding. It did not work.

St. Joseph’s is not alone as St. Gregory’s University hoped a $12.5 million loan from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation – through the US Department of Agriculture – would keep it from closing. Despite de-annexing from the city of Shawnee to qualify, the loan was denied. Board Chairman of St. Josephs, Rev. Don Wolf said, “”Without this component in the financial plan, the ability to sustain the university at this point is not possible.” The university suspended operations in the fall.

Dowling College, St. Catharine College, and Marian Court College are among others who have shut their doors in recent years.  David Warren, head of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, says small schools must understand their own value and cut costs to survive.  With larger schools offering what today’s students want- generous financial aid, access to urban areas, and numerous school programs backed by large endowments – small liberal arts schools have a lot of value to make up.

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College administrator Turnover

College Administrator Data/Turnover Rates: 2016-Present

New data from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that top-level positions at colleges and universities are experiencing some of the highest employee turnover compared to other administrators. Our analysis tracked administrator data at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and found that presidents, chancellors and provosts were three of the top four positions with the highest turnover rates in the last 18 months.

Noted are the top ten turnover percentages for college administrators tracked in the HEP, Inc. database since October 2016.

  1. Dean/Directors of Education 22%
  2. Provosts 21%
  3. President’s/Chancellors 18%
  4. Dean of Business 18%
  5. Dean of Art and Science 18%
  6. Director of Institutional Advancement 17%
  7. Dean/Director of Nursing 16%
  8. Dean/Director of Math/Science 16%
  9. Director of Admissions 15.5%
  10. Chief of Student Affairs 14%

*Positions listed require a minimum of 350 reported administrator counts to be included.

  • The average turnover rate of 124 different administrator positions tracked by HEP Inc. was 12%.
  • Of the 3,893 provosts listed in The Higher Education Directory in 2017, 808 or 21% are new as of April 2018.
  • Presidents and Chancellors are third on the list with a total of 840 out of 4,717, or 18% being new.
  • Rounding out the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage turnover are deans/directors of government relations, at 6%.

When compared to other administrators, the cause for such high-level turnover can be linked to many diverse issues such as growing financial, faculty, Board and political pressures. Also, traditionally colleges and universities have made leadership selections from within, minimizing risk. According to the American Council on Education, 60 percent of current presidents at doctoral-granting universities were once provosts prior to accepting presidency. However, another study released by ACE found that only 30 percent of provosts planned to pursue presidency. As a result, traditionally qualified presidents are becoming harder to find, thus creating a higher risk of turnover through a limited supply of conventional talent. In order to increase the likelihood of a long, successful tenure, presidents must develop an acute understanding of the complex issues that lead to involuntary turnover and act accordingly.

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