Perspectives on Educational Advancement

Disruption. We've all heard about the seismic changes affecting multiple business sectors, and education is no exception.

The challenges are many. On the economic front, educational institutions in Europe are facing financial turbulence around student recruitment, research funding, and academic staff and student mobility caused by "Brexit"—the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. In the U.S., more than 30 states have reduced higher education funding in the past five years. Student loan debt is a problem. Legislative matters are also bringing new disruptions.

For those who work in advancement, these disruptive forces can change where and how institutions market themselves, raise private funds, practice alumni relations, and communicate with students and alumni.

With all of this change, however, comes an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the professions that advance education around the globe. Among the most rewarding aspects of our work in advancing education is creating opportunities for others. Through effective marketing and communications, ambitious fundraising, engaging alumni relations programs, and persuasive advocacy, we help institutions transform lives for millions around the world.

Today, educational institutions have few geographic boundaries. Many institutions recruit, fundraise, and engage alumni throughout the world. Thanks to technology, the work is often 24/7. Chances are, the work has changed in ways unimagined; and the pace of change continues to quicken.

I invite you to read the following pages of quotes and statistics for a perspective of 2015-2016.

Sue Cunningham 
President

Congreso 2016

"Among the most rewarding aspects of our work in advancing education is creating opportunities for others. Through effective marketing and communications, ambitious fundraising, engaging alumni relations programs, and persuasive advocacy, we help institutions transform lives for millions around the world."

-Sue Cunningham, President, CASE

CASE President Sue Cunningham