“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 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 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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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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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 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 […]

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 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 […]

4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Connect Majors and Minors with Careers

by Stanton Green, Professor of Anthropology and Former Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University In my previous article with AI (“4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Help Students Succeed After Graduation,” in August 2015), I offered advice on how academic deans and career professionals can collaborate to improve student career […]
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4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Help Students Succeed after Graduation

by Stanton Green, Professor of Anthropology and Former Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University Why, you might ask, should academic deans add this concern about students’ career preparation to their already unmanageably long list of responsibilities? As leaders of the faculty, deans need to serve as the programmatic agents of […]
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4 Things STEAM Could Achieve on Your Campus

by Jill Sible, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, Virginia Tech Ask any ten academic professionals, “What is STEAM?” and you are likely to get ten different answers. Yet, intuitively, they would agree that STEAM is important and probably have incorporated at least one STEAM facility into their master planning. (Broadly speaking, STEAM represents the productive […]

4 Ways Academic Deans Can Make the Core Curriculum More Effective

  EARLIER ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES 4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Help Students Succeed after Graduation 4 Things Academic Deans Can Do to Connect Majors and Minors with Careers   by Stanton Green, Professor of Anthropology and Former Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University This is the third […]
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5 Mistakes to Avoid when Seeking Vendor Partners for Online Programs

by Deb Gearhart (Ohio University) EVALUATING AN EXTERNAL PARTNER External partners can provide boosts in quality, capacity and enrollment numbers for universities’ online programs. However, decision makers must be diligent in choosing who to partner with and examining which services are most efficiently outsourced.  A lack of comprehensive preparation can lead to wasted resources, unnecessary […]
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5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Major Gifts Portfolio

A COLUMN FROM GETTYSBURG COLLEGE This article is the second in a series by Ashlyn Sowell, Gettysburg’s associate vice president and campaign director. In her previous article, Sowell reviewed 4 lessons about campaign communications and volunteer management that she and her team at Gettysburg learned — from their volunteers. You can read that article here. […]
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5 Strengths Military-Connected Students Bring to Your Campus

by Tanya Ang (ACE) and Bruce Kelley (University of South Dakota), Presenters: Recorded Webcast, Supporting Military-Connected Students for Success and Completion Each fall, as faculty, academic advisors, and others return to campus, there are fresh articles and blog posts about how to help military and veteran students. Often, these articles focus unfortunately on the “issues” that […]

5 Ways to Tell if a Mixed Use Facility Will Work on Your Campus

by Neil Calfee (NPC Group) Mixed Use Facilities are gaining in popularity on campuses across the country, representing a blurring of the line between the edge of campus and the surrounding community.  “Mixed Use” has a broad meaning, encompassing projects that include multiple campus and commercial uses such as office space, incubators, retail, restaurants and […]
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6 Questions Deans Need to Ask when Calling on Prospects

An Excerpt from Jim Langley’s Fundraising Handbook for Deans The following article is based on “The Appointment with a Prospect or Donor: DOs and DON’Ts,” the second chapter in Jim Langley’s book monograph, “Fundraising for Deans.” In this Academic Impressions monograph, Jim Langley demystifies fundraising for deans and offers a practical guide for how deans can […]
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6 Reasons Faculty and Departments Need to Be Deeply Involved in Student Learning Assessment

A GUEST ARTICLE FROM J. JOSEPH HOEY J. Joseph Hoey, Ed.D, is the vice president of accreditation relations and policy with Bridgepoint Education; his portfolio of work includes regional and specialized accreditation and policy related to accreditation. He is co-author with Jill Ferguson and David Chase of the forthcoming volume, Assessment at Creative Institutions: Quantifying and […]
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7 Ways Academic Leaders Can Cultivate Creativity

Series: Strategy and Differentiation In this series, we share practical strategies from entrepreneurial presidents and provosts with a history of sustained institutional growth. We’re asking them questions like: How do you grow the core of your academic enterprise? How do you differentiate your programs effectively on the basis of who you serve and how you […]

7 Ways Advisors Can More Effectively Engage Online Students

by Susan Ohrablo (Valencia College) Online students are at significant risk for attrition as they experience isolation and a sense of disconnect from the institution, as well as find themselves lacking resources and information. Advisors can greatly impact students’ perceptions of their online experience by providing ongoing support and information to students. Advising online students […]