He never slept much.
But lately, the Rev. Kevin Wildes, president of Loyola University in New Orleans, has been getting only about three hours a night. "I’m not much of a worrier," he said. “But once I start thinking about things, I can’t just roll over.” And he’s had plenty to think about. He’s been crossing the country -- 16 cities in about 40 days -- meeting with alumni clubs, parents, and displaced students, assuring them that the doors will reopen in late January.
Anyone in search of a metaphor for the difficult financial and political situation facing American higher education had a slew to choose from at a conference on the business of higher education on Thursday. College officials are standing on a tightrope, said Stanley O. Ikenberry, trying to balance concurrent pressures to increase student access, control tuition and costs, and deal with declining financial support from governments and other traditional sources.