A president’s perspective on higher ed’s upcoming challenges, priorities: Interview

In an interview with the evoLLLution, Holland College President Sandy MacDonald identifies several of higher education’s upcoming challenges and shares his insights about what postsecondary leaders should prioritize moving forward. MacDonald highlights the ongoing debates and challenges pertaining to international students, artificial intelligence, and skills shortages. Among other recommendations, he argues that higher education must prepare learners for the demands of the 21st-century labour market while prioritizing student wellness and institutional fiscal sustainability. MacDonald adds that, while it is important to key an eye on external issues (e.g., government funding), postsecondary leaders must keep an even closer eye on internal workings. “Fairness, openness and autonomy are critical to keep working on with staff,” he concludes.

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