Publications

  • Google Classroom Absent From College Courses

    June 21, 2017 | Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed | Media mention

    “Despite its dominance in the K-12 market, Google Classroom has surprisingly not cracked higher ed,” said Jeff Denneen, a partner with Bain & Company and head of the consulting firm’s higher education practice.

  • For many small colleges, it's a challenge just to stay open

    February 24, 2017 | Higher Education | USA Today College | Media mention

    “You now have an even more perfect storm of growing costs, shrinking revenue, and for a very small institution where they are more tuition-dependent than the bigger institutions … it becomes a lot harder to make the economics work,” said Jeff Denneen, a partner with Bain & Company and the founder

  • Marlboro College fights to stay alive

    December 21, 2015 | Higher Education | Marketplace | Media mention

    In response to low enrollment rates, Marlboro College has launched a scholarship to bring in 52 new students on full scholarships - one from every state, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico. "I think it's an expensive move," said Jeff Denneen, the founder and leader of Bain & Company's Higher Education

  • How can you tell when a college is circling the drain?

    July 01, 2015 | Higher Education | The Chronicle of Higher Education | Media mention

    Our work focuses on helping companies deliver results. Visit our publications section, Bain Insights, for the best research and ideas from Bain's experts.

  • A remarkable turnaround at Regis College

    April 26, 2015 | Higher Education | The Boston Globe | Media mention

    A little more than a decade ago, Regis College appeared on the verge of closing after years of losing students and money; now, the school is in the first stages of a $75 million expansion and upgrade of its facilities.

  • Why more private colleges are closing

    March 25, 2015 | Higher Education | MarketWatch | Media mention

    About one-third of all colleges and universities in the United States are on an unsustainable financial path, according to a 2012 report from Bain & Company.

  • Theme Park U: The problem with American universities

    December 18, 2014 | Forbes.com

    Universities have major financial problems that are driving up the cost of tuition, partially because of increased spending on amenities over academics. Even as schools have tightly managed teaching budgets, spending in other areas such as facilities, administration and “student services” continues

  • Why some small colleges are in big trouble

    April 14, 2013 | Higher Education | The Boston Globe | Media mention

    Bain & Company's analysis of the financial state of U.S. colleges and universities is the center of attention for The Boston Globe's article by Jon Marcus on the unsustainable path of some Massachusetts schools.

  • Colleges Struggling to Stay Afloat

    April 12, 2013 | Higher Education | The New York Times | Media mention

    Even Moody's Investors Service has put a negative outlook on higher education, downgrading the credit ratings of many higher education institutions.

  • The financially sustainable university

    July 06, 2012 | Higher Education | Bain Brief

    Higher education in the United States is at a tipping point with approximately one in three colleges and universities spending more than they can afford. The leaders of these institutions have a tremendous opportunity to reshape and reinvent an industry that is directly linked to our economic