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CPRS Research Themes: Dynamic and Resilient Institutions

December 30, 1899


​In recent years it has become apparent that higher education is in need of reform. Colleges are facing myriad challenges that are difficult to overcome. Institutional leaders and policymakers will have to facilitate real structural and operational shifts if their campuses are to continue to serve people, communities, and economies effectively. They will need to better serve twenty-first-century learners, create more sustainable resource strategies, and reinvent academic offerings, student services, and delivery models. Institutional leaders will have to harness the analytics revolution and manage change in order to innovate in ways that improve student outcomes, close attainment gaps, and create more sustainable campuses.  

Through this theme, CPRS seeks to provide college and university leaders with the insight, tools, and networks needed to successfully implement changes centered around equity and sustainability.

CPRS organizes its research around this theme as well as two other forward-looking themes that it believes helps to frame strong analysis, foster productive dialogue and inform good decision-making.​ These other two themes are Re-imagining Diversity and Equity in Higher Education in the 21st Century​ and Transformational Leadership​​​.​


Select Publications

Evolving Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results (2016)​

This paper examines a network approach to leadership that creates transparency around institutional financial data using business model analysis. The network approach shifts shared governance from an emphasis on institutional dialogue and coherence towards institutional performance based on agreed upon metrics by empowering those on the front lines to make data-informed decisions that improve institutional practices aligned with performance outcomes.

State Policy as a Tool for Postsecondary Developmental Education Reform: A Case Study of Connecticut (2015)​

This case study examines state policy activities in Connecticut and the impact of legislation and regulation on the ability of institutions to innovate new delivery models for developmental education. ​​

The Architecture of Innovation: System-Level Course Redesign in Tennessee (2015)

This case study examines the ongoing impact of developmental education course redesign as a catalyst for new business and financial model development in the state of Tennessee.

Higher Ed Spotlight: Paying for College

This infographic provides statistics on how students pay for college.​​​ How to pay for college is an important decision for every student and their families. Students rely on a variety of sources to finance their education. These include personal savings, work-study jobs, student loans and grants from a number of stakeholders (institutions, states, and the federal government). Knowing what students actually pay, and what support is available to them, is critical to understanding the true costs of college.

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