In the volatile, often uncertain world of higher education, many things remain constant. These include the need to build and maintain healthy enrollments and endowments, to teach well and to give our efforts an honest and thorough assessment. Each year, we strive to recruit the best students, faculty and administrative staff that we can; a mainstay of smaller, residential, independent institutions like Bethany College is the dedication of all members of the campus community to students' academic, career and life success. The challenge of securing needed resources in support of that mission is ongoing, and increasingly urgent.
With the arrival of January each year, we college presidents have our work clearly cut out for us.
But for everything that is predictable and knowable, there are many recent developments and trends that bring uncertainty, and demand vigilance. Most have a direct correlation to the future of private colleges like Bethany. All will have increasing influence in 2014.