Every year, Jenzabar gathers higher education presidents, CIOs, CFOs, and other chief executives for an exclusive fall forum and retreat. Just around the corner from our headquarters in Boston, this event brings executives together to connect, network, and collaborate on common challenges, opportunities, and goals.
Last week, we hosted this year’s forum and it was a smashing success. Uniting 54 executives from 42 institutions across the country, it was our biggest yet! To kick it off, The Chronicle of Higher Education editor-in-chief, Liz McMillen, presented an informative keynote, highlighting today’s higher education trends. Pulled from the publication’s signature annual reporting, she addressed:
- Information literacy
Professors are trying to find new ways to teach students to be smarter consumers of information and news
- Cyber security
There is a high demand for cyber security jobs and higher education is only meeting one fourth of the demand for those jobs
- Free speech
Today’s students tend to favor restrictions on free speech, marking a striking deviation from previous generations
- Reckoning with history
American colleges and universities are reckoning with their controversial histories and origin stories
In addition to a myriad of other trends, Ms. McMillen hypothesized trends on the horizon for higher education, citing demographic changes, growing polarization, and declining graduation rates.
Overall, the event was a hit. We left feeling invigorated, inspired, and excited to incorporate innovative insights and best practices into our work. We already can’t wait for next year!