With many colleges and universities struggling with declining enrollment, decreasing budgets, and soaring student debt, candidates for administration jobs in higher education must be able to discuss strategies for maintaining organizational viability. Not only are some institutions partnering with corporations to help fund campus facilities, but next-generation university-business partnerships are setting the stage for companies to help shape the curriculum to ensure a career-ready graduate pool from which to hire. Additionally, candidates should be prepared to discuss their role in student retention and improving graduate outcomes.
Sample of Possible Interview Questions for Higher Education Administrators:
What are some ways our institution can demonstrate educational quality and services that add value to students’ lives?
What role do you see learning analytics playing in higher education?
What was the graduate success rate at your last institution?
What is your experience with personalized online learning platforms?
What does the phrase, “just-in-time knowledge” mean to you?
Do you have experience with developing partnerships with the private sector?
How would you attract retiring Baby Boomers who wish to return to college?
Discuss the use of digital badges as an alternative means of assessment.
How can we engage and retain more of our veteran students?
Discuss your thoughts on competency-based education.
Do you believe the flipped classroom model should replace the traditional learning model?
How can social media and social networking be beneficial to college curricula and education?
Describe your experience with developing a strategic plan.
What are some strategies to integrate career preparation in academic learning.
Have you ever held a leadership role at an institution undergoing a restructuring process? What was your role in it?
What are some alternative funding sources for a tuition-driven institution?
Discuss some community partnerships you have spearheaded.
What do you see as the three biggest challenges that this institution is facing with student retention?
Discuss a time you made and implemented a decision that impacted multiple campus departments.
What do you see as the three biggest trends for the future of higher education?