It’s up to colleges to prove their value--to bring costs down, to be more flexible for nontraditional students and to show how a degree or certificate matters in the workforce.

It’s time for colleges to prove their value, Indiana leader says


It’s up to colleges to prove their value--to bring costs down, to be more flexible for nontraditional students and to show how a degree or certificate matters


Despite the perception of higher education institutions being slow to change, Lubbers said the pandemic has shown they can quickly adapt.

College officials acknowledge the challenges ahead. At IUPUI, for example, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson is thinking about how to reach more working adults once the pandemic subsides and emphasizes the need for work-based learning opportunities.


COVID has forced us to come to a turning point perhaps faster than we otherwise would,” she said. “The ways of doing our work have shifted. That can be to the benefit of students.”

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