Transformational Change in Higher Education

Transformational Change in Higher Education

Positioning Colleges and Universities for Future Success

Edited by Madeleine B. d’ Ambrosio and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

This unique volume discusses the management of transformational change in higher education as a key element of success. With input from researchers, presidents, provosts, and other senior leaders of the higher education community, this edited volume explores transformational change in a range of institutions from small teaching and community colleges to large comprehensive research universities.


Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio

Subjects: business and management, management and universities, economics and finance, public sector economics, education, management and universities


Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio CHANGING ISSUES, ENVIRONMENT AND EXPECTATIONS Higher education institutional leaders and higher education policymakers in the United States face daunting challenges in the years ahead. Inequities in college-going rates across students from different socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups have narrowed only slightly during the past 30 years and inequities in college completion rates have narrowed even less. The fastest growing groups in the United States are those that have been historically underrepresented in higher education and, as our economy becomes increasingly knowledge based, higher education becomes more essential both for these individuals’ economic well-being and for our nation’s productivity growth. Tuition at our nation’s private colleges and universities increased during the period at rates that exceeded the rate of inflation by about 3 percent a year and tuition as a share of family income has grown substantially. Posted tuition levels overstate the cost of college to students because the typical private college or university recycles almost 40 percent of its tuition revenues back to students in the form of grant aid. However, increasingly private colleges and universities award institutional grant aid based on ‘merit’ rather than need, as they seek to use their financial aid policies to help ‘craft’ their entering class, rather than to guarantee access. The major growth of federal financial support has been in the form of subsidized loans and tax credits, which benefit primarily students from middleincome families, rather than in the form of grant aid for students...