ABSTRACT

The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with longstanding racial and economic inequality has again called into question the viability of the neoliberal economic model for public higher education. Authors should note too that large private and public institutions have not been the only ones experiencing dramatic funding cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of major concern to public higher education is the way the COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the educational prospects for many lower-income students, especially students of color. The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the planning and communication capabilities of college presidents who have had to address very serious risks in relation to COVID-19, determine their reopening strategies, and seek revenue sources to offset inevitable budget shortfalls. In this chapter the authors have asked what the post-pandemic future of higher education will look like.