AGB convened its Council of Presidents, an advisory group of 35 college leaders from a wide variety of institutions across North America, on October 15-16, 2016. Given the depth and breadth of experience among those assembled, and the fact that they represented such a diverse cross-section of leaders, the meeting was an exceptional opportunity for them to share their experiences and insights on some of the most challenging issues confronting higher education today.
This white paper briefly summarizes some of the issues the presidents discussed, which included: 1) higher education’s business model, 2) the regulatory environment and current state of accreditation, 3) campus climate, and 4) intercollegiate athletics. The presidents also engaged in a brief discussion about the impact of the impending November national elections which, given the speculative nature of forecasting, is not included here. After each issue, we’ve outlined the recommendations that emerged for fellow presidents—both in general and specifically when working with boards. AGB is distributing this paper in hopes it proves useful as you and your board grapple with these issues on your own campuses.