Today we want to highlight a current and ongoing initiative by our good friends at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) in Asheville, North Carolina. In an effort to arrest a long-term decline in the enrollment of domestic boarding students at American and Canadian boarding schools, TABS launched the North American Boarding Initiative (NABI). This process included an executive committee and the contributions of nearly 100 thought leaders (The NABI 100) to develop a cogent strategy for addressing the challenge. I served on the NABI 100 and had the distinct opportunity to contribute to the project, along with many other of my colleagues.
Our good friends at Blackbaud K-12's Get Connected Podcast, hosted by fine colleague and thought leader himself, Peter Baron, recently sat down and interviewed Pete Upham on the scope and purpose of NABI. It is a well-conceived plan and addresses not only the domestic boarding enrollment challenges of boarding schools, but touches on the many inflection points in pricing, quality, and delivery options that both independent schools and private colleges are facing today. It is a great listen. Feel free to download or listen to the podcast here.