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July 13, 2020

Apogee Releases State of Higher Education Strategic Planning 2020 Report to Help Colleges and Universities Prepare in the COVID World

Austin, TX, Washington, DC – July 13, 2020, NACUBO 2020 Virtual Annual MeetingApogee, the only managed services provider focused solely on higher education, today released the first of a five-part series from the company’s new State of Higher Education Strategic Planning 2020 Report. This first-of-its-kind study analyzed 491 publicly available strategic plans from universities and colleges across the country to understand strategic planning in the pre-COVID-19 world. Focusing on schools with less than 5,000 students as well as larger institutions at a 70/30 percent split, the study reveals why institutions were not prepared for the rapid and dramatic shift to remote and blended learning, the main reason being the drop-off in technology planning after 2015.

The report’s first installment, titled Technology Timescale: The Relationship Between Technology Initiatives and Pedagogy Initiatives Over Time measures differences between technology and pedagogy strategic initiatives pre-2015 and post-2015. These differences are significant for institutional survival in a post-COVID world.

“In the wake of the pandemic and ensuing economic and social unrest facing our nation, higher education faces an existential threat and the profound need to be a beacon of hope and opportunity,” said Teresa de Onis, Vice President of Marketing, Apogee. “We’re excited to share insights from Apogee’s State of Higher Education Strategic Planning 2020 Report and believe it can help colleges make better data-driven planning decisions, better align goals around Student Outcomes, Student Life and Pedagogy to technology initiatives, and develop bolder strategies to emerge from the 2020 crises stronger than before.”

Key Insights from Part 1 of the State of Higher Education Strategic Planning Report:

“Our study provides keen insights into higher ed’s recent responses to the COVID crisis,” said Rajiv Shenoy, CTO, Apogee. “Overnight, schools had to rush to network-driven, technology-centric remote learning modalities. Many schools have had to grapple with budget restructuring and are reeling from downsizing and massive revenue losses. Instead of downsizing, Apogee believes that rightsizing – divesting in traditions or initiatives that no longer serve the needs of a modernized education, and reinvesting those dollars in innovative ideas and technologies – will pave the way for blended learning, sustainability, and growth as campus networks emerge as an institution’s vital life force.”

Rethink Your Strategic Plan

As the role of IT rapidly evolves from cost center to key contributor in the pursuit of enrollment, retention, persistence, and outcomes, the higher ed institutions that proactively review, rethink, and execute on their strategic plans will emerge victors in a post-COVID world.

Apogee offers the following recommendations:

More to Come from Apogee’s State of Higher Education Strategic Planning 2020 Report

Apogee will release the research findings in a series of five reports in 2020 and 2021. An interactive microsite with data visualizations and downloadable reports will be also be launched in Fall 2020. In addition, Apogee will add more data to the study in Summer 2021 by taking a “post-COVID-19” look at the same schools studied with an additional 500 schools included in the research. To receive our latest report findings and more insights, please join our mailing list.

About Apogee

Apogee is the only managed services provider with a sole focus on higher education. Fueled by a community of more than 1,000,000 students and administrators nationwide, Apogee’s 20 years of experience living and breathing higher education provides a unique understanding of the connection between technology and student vitality. The company is committed to redefining the student campus life experience. Visit Apogee at


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