Higher Ed 2028 Part 4: Student Issues

Higher Ed 2028 Part 4: Student Issues

To successfully enroll and keep students, colleges and universities will need to look at a variety of factors as they move into the future. We at the Change Leader believe these factors include the changing demographics on campus, students’ prospects for future...
Higher Education 2028 Part 3: Improving Higher Ed Governance

Higher Education 2028 Part 3: Improving Higher Ed Governance

Higher education continues to be in the hot seat. Institutional leaders are dealing with pressing challenges such as declining enrollments, unreliable federal and state funding, an aging faculty and public discontent about higher education. In addition, many trends...
Higher Education 2028 Part 2: Higher Education Leadership

Higher Education 2028 Part 2: Higher Education Leadership

Today’s divisive and politicized environment is a difficult one for higher education. However, there is no more important time for true leaders to step into top administrative roles and help higher education move into the 21st century. Unlike what many of our current...
Strategic Planning and Environmental Scanning

Strategic Planning and Environmental Scanning

Strategic Planning and Environmental Scanning Institutions of higher education can get pulled off track easily in today’s highly charged ad quickly changing world. While colleges and universities work to stay on the leading edge of knowledge, emerging technologies can...
Leadership Accountability in Higher Ed

Leadership Accountability in Higher Ed

The prestige of being a top higher education leader has a definite lure. The perks of the office, the collaborative leadership style and the constant focus on maintaining positive public relations – both for the institution and the leader or board – can create a...
New Year “Resolutions” for Higher Ed Executives

New Year “Resolutions” for Higher Ed Executives

As we embark on a new year, higher education continues to face what seems to be a perfect storm of challenges. It’s what we do to meet those challenges that will determine higher education relevance in the United States – and the nation’s place in the global economy....
Tax Reform and Its Implications on Higher Ed

Tax Reform and Its Implications on Higher Ed

Congress hammered out a new tax plan which was signed by President Trump prior to Christmas. While negotiations removed many troubling pieces from the bill, the new plan will lead to numerous – and potentially difficult — changes to higher education institutions...
Seeking Meaningful Change in Higher Education

Seeking Meaningful Change in Higher Education

Institutions of higher education continue to face demands to be more accountable.  At the national level, the U.S. Congress is considering the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act, parts of which move accountability to the state level. This proposal, if...
Communicating Change: Stories from a Pilot

Communicating Change: Stories from a Pilot

Change management is the process, tools and techniques to prepare and support individuals, teams and organizations in making change. The top-down approach of communicating has drastically changed. Traditionally, the CEO was the one communicating change in a company,...
No Means No: Power and Abuse in Academe

No Means No: Power and Abuse in Academe

The charges of sexual harassment by mega-producer Harvey Weinstein have consumed the attention of the media over the past number of weeks. The tales have led to an outpouring of “Me too” by Facebook and Twitter users who have experienced unwanted advances and worse in...
Accreditation: Nuisance or Needed

Accreditation: Nuisance or Needed

Accreditation has been in the news since Donald Trump took over as president (and even before), so we at The Change Leader decided to take another look at the ins and outs of accreditation. Many higher education leaders see the accreditation process as a nuisance. The...
Polarization of Higher Education

Polarization of Higher Education

The divisiveness in American society has been growing for a while, and while this deep polarization seems to be further cleaved by the latest tweets from President Trump, the divides, which began in the 1980s, have been getting substantially worse over a past decade....
Revisiting Charlottesville and Campus Free Speech

Revisiting Charlottesville and Campus Free Speech

  The University of Virginia became the focal point of the increasingly dangerous challenge faced by higher education leaders in balancing a commitment to free speech with extremist activism. As the Washington Post reported, a Unite the Right rally by white...
Branding and Marketing – Part 2

Branding and Marketing – Part 2

Institutions of higher education started considering the importance of marketing about 45 years ago. However, many of today’s college and university leaders still struggle with how to effectively market their institution and its programs. Part of this issue is tied to...
Higher Ed Branding, Part 1.

Higher Ed Branding, Part 1.

In today’s turbulent economic and political climate, higher education leaders are facing many challenges that they never have experienced before. Many institutions that previously have enjoyed sustained approval from policymakers, funders and other stakeholders are...
The Changing Face of Higher Education

The Changing Face of Higher Education

Higher education remains in many policymakers’ and key stakeholders’ crosshairs as needing organizational change. Changing student demographics and declining national and state funding compound the situation, leaving university and college leaders struggling to find...
Costs of higher education – Solutions Blog

Costs of higher education – Solutions Blog

As we discussed in the previous two blogs, higher education leaders currently are dealing with issues related to tuition and enrollment decline as well as challenges to their budgets. While challenging, this time also has a silver lining. Proactive higher education...
Costs of higher ed and budgets

Costs of higher ed and budgets

Today’s higher education leaders are caught in the middle of two philosophies. The first philosophy is that the purpose of higher education is to prepare students to be good citizens, be civically engaged when they reach adulthood and prepare them for productive...
Costs of higher ed and strategies for increasing enrollments.

Costs of higher ed and strategies for increasing enrollments.

This is the first of a three-part series on how higher ed institutions can grow enrollments by helping students better afford tuition The cost of higher education continues to be a pressing issue for institutions of higher education. Leaders increasingly are grappling...
The New Normal for Education?

The New Normal for Education?

Many leaders of higher learning institutions find themselves facing a new normal that encompasses challenges with enrollment, finances, academics and faculty. Perhaps these issues sound familiar: Decreasing and changing enrollment. Overall enrollment is dropping,...