University Leadership – What Does It Take?

What knowledge and experience does a university president need to have in order to be an effective leader of a college or university in 2017? Traditionally, universities have looked for candidates who were steeped in the world of academia. Qualifications included a terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education as well as significant […]

Return on Investment

In the past decade, we’ve seen an increasing emphasis in the notion of return on investment in higher education. In a world driven by the all-mighty dollar and consumerism, this emphasis is not surprising. However, it’s important to think deeply into what the phrase “return on investment” truly can mean for higher education – and […]

4 Leadership Characteristics of Successful College Presidents

We know a good leader when we see one, but what qualities are most likely to translate into success?   Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has spent years thinking about leadership and even written a book on the subject, counseled Donald J. Trump before he took office and has visited with the president and […]

Building Leadership Capacity: A President’s Perspective

Please join Dr. Katrina Rogers, President of Fielding Graduate University, and Ms. Amy Savage, CEO of Fine Points Leadership, in an interactive discussion on the criticality of and how to build leadership capacity in institutions of higher learning.  This discussion focused on how to implement Kouzes and Posner’s The Leadership Challenge in higher ed institutions, and what […]

College Closure and the Language of Transparency

According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, closures of four-year, private, not-for-profit universities in 2017 are expected to triple from the current average rate of five per year. The authors, Jamie Morley and Bill Ojile, argue that imperiled institutions of higher education must think ahead and plan strategically if they want […]

How Venture Philanthropy Can Help Your University Get the Funding (and the Programs) It Needs

Writing in 2012 for the American Association of University Professors, Kevin Kumashiro voices a concern that still resonates for many academics, the fear that venture philanthropy is bound to introduce programs “framed by corporate profitability.” This fear that the private sector only becomes involved in higher education for the purpose of self-enrichment originates in an […]

5 Things that Institutions of Higher Education Can Learn from Nontraditional Students

The demographics of incoming college freshmen have shifted significantly over the past few decades. The two most notable changes are an increase in the number of non-white (and particularly Latino) students and the growing number of so-called “nontraditional” students. Although the presence of minority students on campus has received a great deal of scrutiny, far […]

Big Tuition Increases Have Finally Become Unsustainable: Now Where Does the Money Come From?

These days, institutions of higher education are susceptible to economic uncertainty on multiple fronts. A decline in international student enrollment during the Trump administration could reduce revenues at both private and public universities. Despite a slight uptick in the rate of public funding over the last few years, state economies are still recovering from the […]

Can Shared Governance in Higher Education Survive?

Universities have considered shared governance the “sacred cow” of institutional procedure ever since the board of directors for the American Council on Education (ACE) released a statement in October, 1966 clarifying the respective roles of faculties, governing boards, and administrations. Endorsed by national associations for both board of trustees and faculty, this statement established a […]

Improving University Governance: How to Keep Your Institution Off the 5 O’clock News

This month’s webinar features Lauren Bloom, JD, LLM, a 30-year governance expert and graduate of Yale University, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center who has served as general counsel for multiple organizations. Lauren examines the critical function and duties of university boards of trustees, and how they are changing as a […]

Change Management for Higher Ed

In the first of our monthly webinar series, Dr. Drumm McNaughton, a 20+ year veteran of and expert in change management who has added over $500 million to organizations’ bottom lines, presented a webinar focused on how education institutions can successfully implement change in the 21st century. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same […]

4 Innovative Learning Models Every University Should Consider

For a variety of reasons, many of them economic, some of them cultural, institutions of higher education must adjust to meet the needs of students in this post-industrial economy. The easiest way for change to take place is for universities to embrace new learning models that not only have proven success rates but also the […]

Shared Governance: Honoring Academic Traditions in Rapidly Changing Environments

Fifty years ago, three organizations, the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on College and University Governance, American Council on Education, and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, collaborated to publish their 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities which called for shared responsibility among the different components of educational institutions.   Thus, […]

Why Faculty Resist Competency Based Education

Faculty members traditionally thought of learning as a process of dispensing knowledge to students by means of two primary formats, lecture and text. The resulting education prepared students for the workplace only in a broad sense, leaving the instruction of specific job skills to trade schools, community colleges, and vocational programs. By necessity, this model […]

Have We Reached the Tipping Point of Sexual Assault on Campus?

As the scandal-ridden 2016 election season draws to a close, Americans will be left with a number of indelible impressions. Perhaps the most disturbing of these is the “hot mike” video in which Republican candidate Donald Trump speaks candidly about sexual assault, all the while egged on by then Access Hollywood co-anchor, Billy Bush. The […]

Closing the Gaffe: Campus Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media

“Everyone is a reporter when they have a smart phone.” – Dr. Bob Harkins, Associate Vice President for Campus Security and Safety, the University of Texas, Austin. Before the advent of social media, a president’s office had days to respond to developing campus incidents – more than enough time to release a comprehensive statement to […]

Adapt to the Needs of Working Students – or Lose them

New research performed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has created a statistical profile of today’s college students—and university presidents and chancellors may be surprised at the face of their new student bodies. They key finding were that: • 62% of students are working either full- or part-time to support themselves • 67% of […]

Non-Profit & Higher Education Grant Writing 101

Grants play a key role in the fundraising plans of higher education and nonprofit organizations alike. Unfortunately, in either industry, there’s no magic recipe for guaranteed success in grant writing. University Grant Writing Challenges For higher education, the biggest issues are that universities are not set up to design and develop grant-funded programs. These program […]

UC Davis Example Proves Value of Culture Building and Leadership Development

Last week, the University of California at Davis placed Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on administrative leave after an investigation “raised serious questions” about potential violations of university policies. This week she was terminated. According to a subsequent statement by University of California system president, Janet Napolitano, an independent investigator from outside the system will complete […]

Live Q&A Sessions with Leadership, Relationship & Change Experts

Strong leadership and healthy relationships are the keys to any organizations’ long-term success and profitability. The Change Leader founder and president Drumm McNaughton, PhD is teaming up with celebrated relationship expert Rhoberta Shaler, PhD to provide free interactive BLAB chats where any and all can learn and get their questions answered at no cost. What […]

What Will Tomorrow’s Universities Look Like?

The future of residential universities in America is a hotly debated topic right now. Many are asking what higher education could, and should, look like 20, 30, or 50 years from now. Trying to predict events decades before they unfold may be a fool’s errand, but there is good reason to create an informed forecast. […]

Higher Education and the Newspaper Biz — What Universities Can Learn

Journalism is among the most revered and important careers in the modern world — but a combination of fast-moving technology and slow shifts in practices has made the profession a shadow of what it once was. Even the most venerable news institutions have been forced to cut staff, reduce distribution, and suffer significant credibility losses. […]