This is the 14th paper in AGB’s series summarizing federal and state public policy issues affecting higher education. Governing boards, institutional and university-system leaders, and senior staff will find it useful for board discussions and retreats and in formulating institutional responses to these issues.
The latest edition comes in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the reverberations of which will be felt for years to come. The new directions we are likely to see in higher education legislation may bring about substantial policy changes. These changes will require colleges and universities to adapt, perhaps in significant ways. But because the making of higher education policy in the days ahead will be different—perhaps markedly so—it has never been more of an imperative for board members to understand the key specifics of the policy landscape and their potential impact on the institutions they serve.
The top issues identified for the 2017-2018 biennium are:
- The Value Proposition of Higher Education
- Federal and State Budgetary Pressures
- A New Landscape in Federal Education Policy
- Accountability and Deregulation
- Research and Research Funding
- Accreditation Under Scrutiny
- Legal and Labor Issues
- Tax Issues and Tax Reform
- Campus Climate