“Game On” for the Liberal Arts

by Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict Over the past few years, the liberal arts have become an easy target in the current narrative about higher education. From politicians to parents we’ve heard a never-ending cry questioning the value of the liberal arts and bemoaning their “real world” applicability. There is solid evidence […]

“George”: How RIT is Encouraging Interdisciplinary Collaboration

by Lisa Cook and Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions Institutions seeking to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching are pursuing an array of approaches: hiring faculty into multiple departments based on shared interdisciplinary interests, launching research initiatives that provide additional funding to get interdisciplinary projects off the ground, and providing shared research spaces. One of the […]
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“No One Ever Told Me”: How Advisors Can Maximize Service and Minimize Risk through Effective Documentation

by Susan Ohrablo (Nova Southeastern University) Electronic documentation has become an integral part of an academic advisor’s daily life. Student records and notes are often maintained electronically, and email has been established as a preferred method of communication among students, faculty, and staff. No longer are advisor records locked securely in a file cabinet within the […]
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10 Articles Every Leader in Higher Ed Should Read

A list of key articles on leadership, curated by Patrick Sanaghan & Amit Mrig Over the past 7-8 years, Academic Impressions has designed and delivered leadership programs for over a thousand leaders across the higher education landscape. We have had the opportunity to work with academic and administrative leaders as well as presidents and provosts. […]

10 Critical Lessons I’ve Learned About Implementing a Strategic Plan

by Pat Sanaghan (President, The Sanaghan Group) I have been involved with over one hundred planning efforts on a variety of campuses (including DePaul University, Central Community College, Tarleton State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, The University of the West Indies, Saint Joseph’s University, The University of California, Santa Cruz, Cornell University, Anoka Ramsey Community […]
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10 Tips for Optimizing the Return on Professional Development

To get the most out of your limited professional development (PD) and training budget, consider these 10 tips: SELECTING THE EVENTS Talk with your supervisor to ensure the trainings you identify align with your individual and departmental goals. Make sure that PD is a recurring item in your supervisory discussions. Rather than go to the same […]

10 Tips to Improve Your Meetings

by Pat Sanaghan (The Sanaghan Group) Most meetings simply don’t work and are a waste of precious time. Unfortunately, many higher education leaders spend much of their professional lives in these unproductive meetings. Higher education runs on thousands of daily meetings including committees, task forces, departmental meetings, and so on. When was the last time you […]

10 Ways Leadership Development Programs Fail in Higher Ed

Diagnosing Leadership Development Programs In the past few years, institutions of all types and sizes have started in-house leadership development programs—programs aimed at developing key faculty, staff, and administrators. While building in-house leadership development programs is a critical long-term strategy, these investments are not without risk. These programs often come at considerable cost and can […]
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11 Things You Can Do Right Now to Set Your Phonathon Up for Success

MORE RESOURCES FROM THIS AUTHOR Jessica Cloud, CFRE, is the author of Successful Fundraising Calls: A Phonathon Scripting Workshop, in which she critiques and revises 6 real phonathon scripts submitted by institutions across North America. In this book, you will learn the pillars of writing effective scripts; review sample LYBUNT, SYBUNT, young alumni, and future donor scripts; explore […]
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2 Checklists: Selecting the Right LMS

In last week’s 7 Second Survey, Academic Impressions asked academics to comment on their learning management system (LMS). 184 academics responded. What they told us: 33% of respondents were unhappy with their current LMS. Asked why, they cited lack of user-friendliness, “clunkiness,” and lack of flexibility for their needs. 34% were also unhappy with their […]
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2 Ways to Move Students Out of Academic Probation

by Chris Robinson, M.A., M.Ed., Assistant Director, Academic Advising Office, Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University Moving at-risk students out of academic probation quickly is a worthy challenge—and at Western Michigan University, two recent retention efforts at the Haworth College of Business (HCoB) have seen positive outcomes in this regard. Students who complete HCoB’s Phoenix […]
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24 Higher-Ed Leaders Look to the Future

by David Kiel, Dr. P.H., David Kiel Associates, LLC with contributions from Amit Mrig (President, Academic Impressions) and Pat Sanaghan (President, The Sanaghan Group) Future Timeline: What Trends, Events, and Issues Will Shape Your Campus? No one can foresee the future of higher education with certainty, but we can cultivate the habit of looking forward, scanning the […]

3 Lessons from New Zealand for Advancement Leaders

A COLUMN FROM GETTYSBURG COLLEGE This article is the fourth in a series by Ashlyn Sowell, Gettysburg’s associate vice president and campaign director. The previous articles are: Developing Your Campaign Reports: Getting it Right the First Time Spring Clean Your Major Gifts Portfolio 4 Lessons Learned from Campaign Volunteers at Gettysburg College Today, Sowell shares some […]

3 Questions to Answer Before a Wide-Scale Adoption of the iPad

In a Campus Technology article this week entitled “CIO Predicament: What To Do About the iPad,” Tim Chester, CIO and vice provost for academic administration at Pepperdine University, recommended a middle ground between the opposing camps of those hurrying toward wide-scale adoption of the iPad and those refusing to support the new mobile device. While […]

3 Questions to Ask Before Implementing Predictive Analytics for Online Student Success

As enrollment in online programs continues to grow, administrators across higher ed are faced with the challenge of providing targeted support to help students succeed. Many opportunities to address this challenge exist within the vast amount of student data that is collected through enrollment and participation in online courses. That is why the most forward-thinking […]
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3 Tips for Re-admitting Stop-Outs

Harper College was in the news this week; looking to boost advancement and completion rates, the college has been reaching out to students who left the institution but who still qualify for a degree or certificate. It’s the latest in a series of recent stories in the media highlighting the growing trend of colleges embarking […]
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3 Videos: Critical Skills for Admissions Officers

Training of new admissions counselors is often, out of necessity, much too hurried and perfunctory. The training that new counselors receive has historically been focused on the everyday duties of the job (travel, reading and processing applications, CRM systems, etc.), accompanied by lots of “just in time” training where other key competencies are concerned. But […]

3 Ways to Address the Cost/Quality Challenge Facing Higher Ed: Lessons from the Healthcare Sector

Series: Costs Down, Quality Up Historically, initiatives to improve quality have also meant added cost—smaller class sizes, more faculty who conduct research, etc.—but this is no longer a sustainable model for all institutions. What are the innovations that can actually drive the cost to educate a student lower while driving critical outcomes like student success and completion higher? This […]

3 Ways to Assess and Build Student Resiliency

by Susan Ohrablo (Nova Southeastern University) Currently, higher education institutions are facing a crisis with declining enrollment and student attrition. Higher education professionals are being tasked with student retention on a system-wide level. With the issuing of this directive, student service professionals are scrambling to find ways to outreach to, engage, and retain their students. […]
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3 Ways to Help Peer Educators Succeed

In a related article, we asked Sarah Whitley, director of first-year experience and family programs at Longwood University, to offer her insights on what critical items are often missing from peer mentor training. Whitley’s answers indicated the need for a shift in thinking about the support and development peer educators need, whether your peer educators […]

3 Ways to Rethink Career Services and Post-College Outcomes

by Lisa Cook, Academic Impressions Tracking post-college outcomes continues to be an urgent issue as students, parents, and lawmakers press colleges to quantify the value of a college degree. Tracking results, however, is only half the battle, says Branden Grimmett, associate provost for the Office of Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University in […]

3 Ways You Are Mishandling Involuntary Leaves

by Gregory T. Eells, Ph.D. (Cornell University) and Lisa LaPoint (past Program Manager, Academic Impressions) Interview originally conducted in October 2014. Addressing issues of self-harm can be tricky and complicated for institutions. The complexities lie in the conundrum between providing appropriate support to students who engage in self-harming behaviors and complying with regulatory action propagated by the […]
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4 Blind Spots Colleges Miss in Revising General Education

AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF GENERAL EDUCATION REVISION In 2013, Academic Impressions conducted a survey of 308 post-secondary institutions and conducted select follow-up interviews to learn more about how US and Canadian institutions are seeking to revise their core curriculums. We presented our findings and several case studies in our paper General Education Reform: Unseen Opportunities, […]
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4 Common Misperceptions about EIT Compliance

by L. Scott Lissner (The Ohio State University) and Lisa LaPoint (Academic Impressions) Many institutions are not fully aware of the compliance expectations for their electronic and information technology (EIT) and often fail to meet accessibility requirements which can result in costly lawsuits and pesky OCR audits. EIT compliance is complex, yet manageable, and institutions […]

4 Items Often Overlooked in Evacuation Planning for Study Abroad Programs

by Margaret Wiedenhoeft (Kalamazoo College) and Lisa LaPoint (Academic Impressions) Evacuations for study abroad programs are often unpredictable, but can occur during any program at any time due to a variety of reasons. No region or student is immune from natural disasters, political unrest, and unforeseen medical issues. Therefore, institutions must be proactive to manage […]