2022 Higher Ed State of the Sector

5 Emerging Realities Shaping the Future of Higher Education

Executive Brief


While bracing for disruption, it’s easy to overlook how much competition has fundamentally reshaped the higher education landscape. In particular, the emergence of three competitive market forces are already raising the stakes for institutions and altering what it means to “win” in key markets:

  • Winner-take-most dynamics are concentrating certain markets
  • The competitive set—for both students and employees—is rapidly expanding 
  • The pool of higher education consumers is shrinking
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