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Private Higher Education Marketplace Trends for 2017

This year our annual trends report points to three main factors families consider as they calculate a college’s value: price, quality, and outcomes.

Trends for 2017

Prospective students and families calculate a college’s value based on their price to attend, the quality of the educational experience, and resulting outcomes of the degree.

Higher Education’s Gift That Keeps Giving

Prospective students and their families search not only for the best college experience they can afford, but also for what it continues to give them as graduates.

Competency-Based Education in a Liberal Arts Context

Since private colleges can do a better job of demonstrating how a liberal arts education prepares students for successful careers, we examined the future of competency-based education in a liberal arts context.

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Meeting Expectations for Return on the College Investment

With an improving labor market and wages finally climbing, expectations of successful job outcomes from earning a college degree are high.

Jon McGee

Jon McGee on Value

Higher education thought leader Jon McGee argues for showing families that the best college value comes from career preparation plus transformational development.

Smart Investment in Higher Ed Outcomes

As higher education administrators invest in new programs, success will depend on their ability to align institutional resources with marketplace needs.

How to Demonstrate College Value

This month’s CASE Currents article, “Show Your Worth,” is chock-full of advice about how colleges can demonstrate their value.

Debra Humphreys on Quality

Debra Humphreys is vice president for policy and public engagement at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), where she helps colleges and universities communicate the value of an engaged liberal education to prepare for the changing global economy.

Fiscal Consternation Is a Catalyst for Frugal Innovation

Concern about the sustainability of the existing higher education financial model is particularly acute when it comes to non-elite private institutions.