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Center for Higher Education Excellence

Exploring higher education innovation and trends

Deloitte’s Center for Higher Education Excellence focuses on groundbreaking research to help colleges and universities navigate these challenges and reimagine how they achieve innovation in every aspect of the future college campus: Teaching, learning, and research.

About us

Higher education institutions may confront a number of challenges, from dramatic shifts in sources of funding resulting from broader structural changes in the economy to demands for greater accountability at all levels to the imperative to increase effectiveness and efficiency through the adoption of modern technology.

Through forums and immersive lab sessions, we plan to engage the higher education community collaboratively on a transformative journey, exploring critical topics, overcoming constraints, and expanding the limits of the art of the possible.

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Our perspectives

What does the future university experience hold for students, faculty, and administrators? Explore our recent research to learn more on the higher education trends and innovations people can expect to see.

Pathways to the university presidency: The future of higher education leadership

The dynamics of higher education in America today are driving the demand for a new set of skills and capabilities for tomorrow’s leaders. Learn how the role of college president is being transformed, the reasons behind these changes, and what the future implications may be for universities.

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Pathways to the university

Success by design: Improving outcomes in American higher education

The path to college graduation is more uncertain than ever: Nearly one-third of undergraduates leave after their first year, and many require six years to complete their studies. What’s behind these trends? What steps can colleges and universities take to more effectively support their students?

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Life events

Uncovering talent: A new model of inclusion

Uncovering talent introduces a disruptive way to speak about inclusion—one that moves beyond silos, programs, and initiatives to help employees find common ground with one another. Read more about Uncovering talent: A new model of inclusion or view the TEDx talk.

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It takes an eco-system: A review of the research administration technology landscape

Why is it so challenging for university research administrators to achieve their goals, given the multitude of technology options available to support their work? Read our take in the latest issue of Research Management Review.

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Reimagining higher education

As an integral part of the fabric of American society, everyone has a stake in making higher education more accessible, affordable, and relevant.

While it’s still early days, we’re beginning to see the emerging outlines of a new landscape for higher education.




The lifetime learner

The increasingly disparate needs and expectations of individual learners are fueling the growth of a rich ecosystem of semi-structured, unorthodox learning providers at the “edges” of the traditional higher educational system.

What does this mean for traditional players and the educational landscape?

Taking the reins as a business school dean

Business school deans have a complex role, yet many newly minted deans find that the experiences they acquire in academia and industry do not adequately prepare them for their new responsibilities.

In this article, we synthesize key findings from our interviews with 20 business school deans, our labs, and related experiences on executive transitions and business school strategy.