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6 higher-ed management challenges facing leaders today

Higher-ed management challenges can be daunting--here's how leaders are juggling the demands of today's institutions

Academic leaders face higher-ed management challenges every day. Some have relatively clear-cut solutions, while others are more complicated and require critical thinking and innovation.

From meeting the demands of a new group of traditional students to juggling recruitment and retention at the community college level, there’s always something testing higher-ed leaders’ mettle.

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Here are six higher-ed management challenges facing leaders each day:

1. Learning how to manage a sudden shift to online learning as campuses closed physical operations in the wake of COVID-19. Higher-ed leaders are faced with uncertainties as the fall semester approaches. Some campuses have announced plans to open physical operations for the fall, while others say they are hopeful they’ll be able to do so but are also planning for online learning if new outbreaks begin.

Laura Ascione