Research Brief
Navigating the Evolving Landscape:
Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Higher Education Support

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still playing out in society at large and on college campuses. Some impacts are immediately apparent; others take time to fully manifest themselves.

This research brief addresses four areas of concern — four challenges — that are faced by higher education institutions today and may have been aggravated by the events of the last several years. They range from costs, to enrollment, to the long-term viability of the institutions themselves, to how well financial aid departments are managing to address changing circumstances with constrained resources.

These challenges will not be news to higher education administrators. But a view of recent research and current statistics may help provide additional perspective on fashioning approaches for the future. In the area of financial aid administration, enrollment management and admissions, that future may very well include a reliance on third-party partnerships to effect better educational and financial outcomes for students.

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