Higher Education

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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Equity and Inclusion Across the United States: Reimagining Good Food Systems

July 18, 2023 / Comments Off on Equity and Inclusion Across the United States: Reimagining Good Food Systems

In our second of three videos in the series: Equity and Inclusion Across the United States, Paula Daniels discussed the reimagining of good food systems. Equity and inclusion has an important role in different areas of life across the country and in different industries like food systems, construction and development, and tourism. We discuss national […]

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Procurement Analysis and Benchmarking Study

July 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Procurement Analysis and Benchmarking Study

In 2022, ESI worked with the University of Notre Dame in conducting a procurement analysis and a benchmarking study to further expand the reach of the University’s Procurement Services and continue to advance economic equity. ESI conducted a procurement analysis to primarily observe the current Utilization levels of minority- and women-owned businesses relative to their […]

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