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Motivation and managing change are more important than ever before if leaders are to navigate the upheavals affecting higher ed campuses and communities while maintaining their institutions’ relevancy. Leaders will need to harness the energies of disparate groups and channel them into quick, decisive action. Simultaneously, specific skills that have served higher ed leaders will endure and be used in new ways.

This special report acts as a primer for both the generation of existing leaders who hope to meet today’s challenges and the new generation of rising leaders. The report explores what makes this moment different from those in the past, what makes it similar and how leaders must adapt if they are to find success for the institutions they lead, the people they employ and the students they serve.

This special report is a resource for college and university leaders of all types of higher ed institutions: presidents, administrators, board members, faculty leaders and those who hold informal leadership positions.

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Topics Include

  • Current conditions in society and higher ed, including income statistics by race and region, debt statistics, quality of life indicators, and college degree indicators
  • An overview of institutional health indicators
  • Strategies the next generation of leaders must implement
  • Resources and skill sets to be adapted for the new challenges facing higher ed


Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Part I: Higher Education at the Confluence

     Pervading Uncertainty

     Three Pandemics

     Six Forces at Work

Part II: How to Respond

     Frameworks for Seizing the Moment

     A Vision for the Future

Part III: Leaders' New Tool Kit

Conclusion: Building a New Servant Leadership in Higher Education

About the Author:

Rick Seltzer, projects editor, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2016, covering business and management. He came to the publication after working as a money and general assignment reporter for The Baltimore Business Journal. Previously, he was a business reporter for The Bloomington Herald-Times, and he covered small business and health care for the Central New York Business Journal. A native of south central Pennsylvania, Rick started his career as a local beat reporter for The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Number of Pages: 54 (6.91 MB PDF)

Date Released: Sept. 9, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-7327300-8-3

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