“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 […]

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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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 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 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 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 […]

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 Mistakes Too Many Institutions Make in the RFP Process

A NEW SERIES ON RFPs, CAPITAL PLANNING, AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS This is the first in a series of articles by Neil Calfee. Currently the principal of NPC Group, specializing in the creation and negotiation of public/private Partnerships, Neil Calfee previously served as Arizona State University’s director of real estate development. He has over 15 years […]
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5 Questions to Help Restore a Strained Town/Gown Relationship

PART OF A SERIES ON RFPs, CAPITAL PLANNING, AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS This is the first in a series of articles by Neil Calfee. Currently the principal of NPC Group, specializing in the creation and negotiation of public/private Partnerships, Neil Calfee previously served as Arizona State University’s director of real estate development. He has over 15 years […]
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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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8 Keys to Improving Task Forces and Committees in Higher Education

by Amit Mrig (Academic Impressions) and Patrick Sanaghan (The Sanaghan Group) Web Version: Read Our Executive Summary Time is the most precious resource on campus, and it is one we can control and influence. But how closely do we manage people’s time across our institutions? What are the biggest opportunities to increase the value from […]
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A Look Inside Academic Impressions

by Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions, interviewing Amit Mrig, President, Academic Impressions I know from talking with many of our subscribers that not all of you are aware of the full breadth of what Academic Impressions does in the higher-ed industry. Some things you may not know about AI: We organize over 100 conferences for higher […]

A Sustainable Approach to Sustainability

Whether driven by a desire for social impact, or the harsh economic realities of unsustainable utilities expenditures, or by political and market demand, more colleges and universities are taking the trend to become more environmentally sustainable seriously. More than 650 institutional presidents have pledged carbon neutrality as signatories to the American College & University Presidents’ […]
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A Whole-Campus Effort: Why the Campaign Matters to You

You may not be a development officer at your institution; you may be an academic dean, an enrollment manager, a facilities manager, a faculty member … but it is critical that you have a voice and some ownership in the fundraising campaign, if the campaign is to be successful in funding your unit’s efforts in […]
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Activity Based Costing: What’s the Return on it?

by Len Brazis, Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Here at Embry-Riddle, the adoption of Activity Based Costing (ABC) principles has been an evolutionary process that began on one of our residential campuses in the Fall of 2010. That campus had just finished a fiscal year with a negative operating margin of […]

Adapting RCM to Your Institution’s Needs

In this complimentary excerpt from a 2014 webcast session on Moving to a Responsibility Centered Budget Model, Larry Goldstein, president of Campus Strategies, LLC, discusses key principles for effectively implementing a similar budget model on campus, including: Establishing effective consequences for revenue unit performance Disseminating timely and accurate data related to resource allocation Ensuring sufficient control […]

Addressing Student Mental Health Issues – On a Budget

by Anne E. Lundquist I was very interested in the article by Kristen Domonell that appeared in University Business on March 19.  In this article, she emphasized that, in an era of increasing numbers of students with significant psychological disabilities and serious mental issues, colleges and universities are being forced to “do more with less” […]

Adopting Mobile: Reasons for Urgency

But how urgent is it to move on mobile technologies? Let’s review the data. Mobile Technologies in the Eyes of Students and Alumni In June 2010, Ball State University released a study showing that of college students owning phones, 49% owned smartphones. An ECAR report released a few weeks ago documented that this number has […]

Advance with a Defined Sense of Purpose

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Advance with a Defined Sense of Purpose Identify Inefficiencies on the Academic Side of the House Prioritize Academic and Administrative Units Plan for Resource Allocation in Ways That Build Trust The economic crisis has opened a window of opportunity for institutional leaders. This can be a time to make previously unpopular […]
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Advancement/Academic Partnerships: Identifying Areas of Untapped Opportunity

A NEW SERIES ON INNOVATIONS IN FUNDING ACADEMIC RESEARCH Ed Mason, president of EMNR & Associates, is writing this series to assist academic leaders in finding creative strategies to merge public/private funding for existing and new research initiatives. Mason has studied an array of collaborative partnerships between the two offices most focused on external funding (the development […]
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Advancement/Academic Partnerships: Using a Team Science Model to Fund Research

A NEW SERIES ON INNOVATIONS IN FUNDING ACADEMIC RESEARCH Ed Mason, president of EMNR & Associates, is writing this series to assist academic leaders in finding creative strategies to merge public/private funding for existing and new research initiatives. Mason has studied an array of collaborative partnerships between the two offices most focused on external funding (the development […]
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Allocating Campus Space Strategically

“Space is a critical resource, just like your institution’s financial resources; it has to be managed effectively and used efficiently. It is an asset that you need to allocate in order to support short- and long-term priorities.” Frances Mueller, University of Michigan Institutions of higher education have a limited history of tracking and allocating their […]
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Alternative Facts In Higher Education

In higher ed, do we often offer “alternative facts” too, operative myths that don’t accurately reflect the realities of higher education? by Marcel J. Dumestre The term “alternative facts” used by President Trump’s counselor in an interview about the inauguration crowd size has become a media meme. The idea of an alternative fact being something […]

Are Outdated Policies Holding You Back?

“Your company’s organizational memory might be holding it back,” business professor Vijay Govindarajan and retired management consultant Srikanth Srinivas cautioned in Harvard Business Review this week, offering advice that spans the for-profit and non-profit sectors. According to Govindarajan and Srinivas, Organizational memory – the way we have always done things – can include “obsolete policies […]