In May 2012, the task force met to review its responsibilities, agree upon assumptions and ensure that it was working on the right questions to fulfill the charge to the Task Force. The group reached consensus on the following:
- Higher Ed is in a state of uncertainty and flux that is not likely to be resolved for years to come.
- The Higher Ed situation is just a subset of current global change in economies, societies, cultures, politics, and all other aspects of human endeavor.
- Financial funding sources for Higher Ed are changing, and in some cases disappearing; the future may hold entirely different financial equations for Higher Ed.
- The Higher Ed industry cannot sustain the levels of tuition increases seen in recent history.
- Government interest/intervention in Higher Ed will continue – perhaps intensify – in the foreseeable future.
- There is likely to be more privatization of Higher Ed in coming years.
- Collaboration between Higher Ed and business/industry globally will grow.
- Higher Ed delivery systems will change and evolve to meet the needs of future students, even though those needs may be unknown currently.
- It is important as UIU considers change to never lose sight of the core values and core competencies that have been built over 155 years. The focus should be on building on existing strengths; even the most aggressive changes can be made to "fit" synergistically with strengths that already exist.
- UIU structure must become flexible, adaptive, and fluid – perhaps less "tangible/physical" – and be capable of absorbing new structural components unknown or unimagined at this time.