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Insight Paper

Ahead of the Curve: Navigating 10 Key Imperatives for Community Colleges Across the Next Decade

Higher education is in the midst of a pivotal transformation, caused by changing perceptions of the value of college, shifting talent markets, emerging technologies, and a rapidly changing economy. Over the next decade, these changes will impact our business processes, program offerings, staffing strategies, and how we connect with learners.

Community colleges are well-positioned to respond to these new demands, but it can be difficult to narrow down which imperatives could have the greatest impact on your college. Synthesizing both national trends and EAB research, we’ve compiled a list of 10 key imperatives for community colleges to focus on in the coming decade, helping leaders proactively prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Explore these key imperatives and more:

  • Strengthen career-focused dual enrollment pathways
  • Prepare for students facing math barriers
  • Future-proof your talent strategies
  • Showcase your ROI—answering the “is college worth it?” question
  • Embrace AI and work smarter, not harder

To stay ahead in a competitive market, access the full list of imperatives and empower your institution now and for years to come. If you are unsure where to start, please see the diagnostic at the end of our insight paper.

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