Higher Education

Finding Solutions for the Growing Student Housing Crisis

April 19, 2024 / Comments Off on Finding Solutions for the Growing Student Housing Crisis

The current uncertainties within the higher education industry have been well-documented by contributors in Present Value. These range from existential, long-run issues—like the enrollment cliff—to the immediate concerns, including rising costs. Of the immediate problems facing higher education, affordable student housing is one of the most pressing.   It is well-established that the overall cost of […]

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Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

March 15, 2024 / Comments Off on Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

Private universities now understand the positive shared successes interwoven between higher education institutions and their respective municipalities. Some would say the best answer to create shared prosperity lies in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)—voluntary contributions from tax-exempt private nonprofits, serving as alternatives to traditional property tax obligations. Most PILOTs are paid by private universities […]

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Good Governance: The Importance of the Board of Trustees

February 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Good Governance: The Importance of the Board of Trustees

Nonprofit organizations do well to look at publicly held corporations and their governance practices as modern roadmaps to governance excellence. In the corporate world, board positions are highly coveted roles, reserved for the most skilled and connected corporate executive leadership. In the past, nonprofit board roles were seen as a way for directors to perfect […]

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How to Survive the Higher Ed Demographic Cliff

January 19, 2024 / Comments Off on How to Survive the Higher Ed Demographic Cliff

The landscape of higher education in the United States is undergoing a significant transformation, and beneath the sensational headlines and political upheavals lies a less glamorous yet potent force: the demographic cliff, also known as the enrollment cliff. This precipitous drop in enrollment is attributed to the decline in birth rates during the Great Recession, […]

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The Economic and Social Impact of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Athletics

October 19, 2023 / Comments Off on The Economic and Social Impact of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Athletics

In 2023, ESI was commissioned by the University of Minnesota Athletics Department to conduct an economic and social impact study. As the college athletics industry continues to grow, so does its impact on and around places of higher education. The University of Minnesota is home to over 55,000 students and is a founding member of […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Gutted Affirmative Action. Are We A More Equitable Society? Can We Be?

July 21, 2023 / Comments Off on The U.S. Supreme Court Gutted Affirmative Action. Are We A More Equitable Society? Can We Be?

The United States Supreme Court launched a direct strike against the institutions that most Americans believe are the gateway to a better life. In Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard College, decided 6/29/2023, the Court ruled that race cannot be a factor in college admissions, without regard to the fact that no institution uses […]

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