Opinion

The latest opinion pieces by industry thought leaders


If you are interested in having your voice heard on Higher Ed Dive's Opinion page, please read our editorial guidelines and fill out the submission form here.

  • Young woman working at home - stock photo
    Image attribution tooltip
    damircudic via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Colleges need a deliberate online strategy to better serve first-generation students

    Higher education leaders won’t meet the moment if their virtual courses merely replicate face-to-face learning, Western Governors University’s leader says. 

    Scott Pulsipher • Feb. 5, 2024
  • This is the silhouette of two college graduates in cap and gown climbing up a set of steps. This shot is backlit with bright morning sunshine in the background.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Aaron Hawkins/iStock via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Higher education’s accomplishments you may have missed in 2023

    Two leaders in the higher ed industry kick off the new year by rounding up 24 wins "for which the sector can be justly proud.”

    Eileen Strempel and Stephen Handel • Jan. 31, 2024
  • Two students walk down a staircase inside a campus building while another group students gather in the corridor.
    Image attribution tooltip
    SDI Productions via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Policymakers must strengthen — not dismantle — the college accreditation system

    Recent attacks on accreditation pose a dire threat to students and the nation’s postsecondary institutions.

    Madison Weiss • Dec. 22, 2023
  • Image of college campus gate, closed.
    Image attribution tooltip
    EvgeniiAnd/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Colleges that can’t survive owe their employees dignified closures

    The library director of a small Pennsylvania college lays out what leaders should consider when their institutions are struggling to stay open.

    Mari Flynn • Dec. 11, 2023
  • A crowd photo of students carrying protest signs and the Palestine flag. One prominent sign reads "Jews say ceasefire now!"
    Image attribution tooltip
    Spencer Platt / Staff via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    How campuses can protect free speech and student safety amid the Israel-Hamas war

    Administrators can take steps to embrace free expression and delineate between speech and violence, two PEN America staff members say.

    Kristen Shahverdian and Sam LaFrance • Nov. 21, 2023
  • College students climb up the stairs to a campus building.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Vladimir Vladimirov via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    President Speaks: Colleges need an overhaul to meet the future head on

    Higher education faces an existential threat from forces like rapidly changing technology and generational shifts, one university leader argues. 

    Beth Martin • Oct. 30, 2023
  • A wide shot of the U.S. Supreme Court building
    Image attribution tooltip
    Al Drago via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    The Supreme Court is poised to drop another DEI shoe next year

    Another case pending before the high court may further restrict what employers can lawfully do to increase diversity. 

    Jonathan A. Segal and Adam D. Brown • Oct. 25, 2023
  • College students walking on campus
    Image attribution tooltip
    seb_ra/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Revamping incoming students’ experience can help them academically and socially

    A Worcester Polytechnic Institute official shares why the university recently updated its orientation, advising and physical education requirement. 

    Paul Reilly • Oct. 23, 2023
  • University of Virginia
    Image attribution tooltip
    Joel Carillet via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Colleges can take steps to address the affordable housing crisis

    From contributing underutilized land to tapping government support, institutions can help alleviate the problem — and get a return on their investment. 

    Eric Maribojoc • Oct. 16, 2023
  • Harvard University
    Image attribution tooltip
    Maddie Meyer via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Top-ranked colleges must be proactive to foster campus diversity

    Here are the steps higher education officials should take to mitigate the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against race-conscious admissions.

    Mauriell Amechi • Oct. 2, 2023
  • college application, college admissions
    Image attribution tooltip
    Tero Vesalainen via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Colleges are ditching the SAT. The high school transcript should be next.

    Next generation credentials are a compentency-based alternative to transcripts that allow colleges to make better admissions decisions. 

    Laurie Gagnon • Sept. 12, 2023
  • College student walking on campus
    Image attribution tooltip
    Moyo Studio/E+ via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    President Speaks: With DEI under siege, independent colleges must advance conversations on diversity

    Private institutions must step up as politicians attempt to muzzle public colleges on issues of diversity and race, Saybrook University’s leader argues. 

    Nathan Long • Aug. 7, 2023
  • A view from a podium in a lecture hall.
    Image attribution tooltip

    Photo Illustration: Getty Images; Industry Dive

    Image attribution tooltip

    President Speaks: Lessons about bold women leadership from a college president

    Deanne D'Emilio, who helms Gwynedd Mercy University, discusses how she carries on the private college's legacy of women leaders. 

    Deanne D’Emilio • July 24, 2023
  • Students walking on campus during the summer
    Image attribution tooltip
    sshepard/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Here are ways professional education leaders can prepare students for the rise of AI

    Institutions must adapt their curricula to incorporate artificial intelligence-related topics, the dean of William & Mary Law School argues.

    A. Benjamin Spencer • July 17, 2023
  • A construction worker walks across a job site.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Spencer Platt / Staff via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    How federal workforce programs can leave some students without credentials

    Federal law merely suggests that training providers confer a credential, but they are not required to do so, denying some participants an economic edge.   

    Christopher Mullin • July 10, 2023
  • Four college students walk up the steps to a building entrance.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Eduard Figueres via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Academic freedom is a core American value. We must defend it.

    Assaults on free expression threaten to stifle intellectual life on campus, argues the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

    Mildred García • July 5, 2023
  • President Speaks: The case for being optimistic about higher education’s future

    Andrew Hsu, leader of the College of Charleston, explains why he remains positive even as colleges face an existential crisis. 

    Andrew Hsu • June 26, 2023
  • College professor gestures during lecture.
    Image attribution tooltip
    SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    The shift to majority contingent faculty is more harmful to tenure than GOP attacks

    Political attacks on tenure won’t matter if it’s effectively eliminated to save money with contingent positions, one professor emeritus argues.

    J.W. Traphagan • June 16, 2023
  • South façade of the Cobb Gate at the University of Chicago.
    Image attribution tooltip
    urbsinhorto1837 via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    How liberal arts colleges can make career services a priority

    Creating internships and focusing on short-term experiences has a big impact, the longtime undergraduate dean at the University of Chicago says. 

    John Boyer • June 5, 2023
  • Cropped shot of a man having a therapeutic session with a psychologist.
    Image attribution tooltip
    PeopleImages via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Think twice about outsourcing campus mental health services

    The president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors urges institutions not to save money by cutting counseling staff.

    Marcus Hotaling • May 30, 2023
  • The sign outside Cedar Crest College.
    Image attribution tooltip
    "Cedar Crest College south gate" by CyberXRef is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    Image attribution tooltip

    President Speaks: Despite shrinking numbers, women’s colleges are more important than ever

    Elizabeth Meade, leader of Cedar Crest College, argues that institutions like hers are needed to provide inclusive environments and drive social mobility. 

    Elizabeth Meade • May 22, 2023
  • Graduates receive a certificate at the university
    Image attribution tooltip
    Rattankun Thongbun/iStock via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Politicians as commencement speakers remain a risky proposition

    Dividing the audience with speaker choice can undercut the joy of graduation, says George Mason professor emeritus.

    James Finkelstein • May 15, 2023
  • Miguel Cardona and President Joe Biden
    Image attribution tooltip
    Alex Wong via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Show me your budget, I’ll tell you your values

    Education Secretary Miguel Cardona writes that a congressional Republican budget proposal’s education cuts would be “staggeringly reckless.”

    Miguel Cardona • May 8, 2023
  • Microphones and binders sit on a long table.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Bigpra/iStock via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    College governing boards must intensify engagement in challenging times

    Trustees can try these tactics to help guide colleges in new strategic directions.

    Timothy Tracy and Richard Messina • May 1, 2023
  • A person sits at a table, framed by two rows of full bookshelves.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Brandon Bell via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    Try these strategies to improve the student experience on campus

    Drawing on past efforts, American University's former provost suggests ways to walk in students' shoes and rebuild processes around their needs.

    Scott Bass • April 24, 2023