Rob Taylor

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Strangers in a Strange Land: Instructional Design and the Academy

September 30th, 2016|White Papers|

A recent report from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides some interesting survey results regarding instructional design and its place in higher education. While the use of instructional design theory and professional designers has been given a boost by both the emphasis on outcomes assessment and the growth in online and hybrid delivery systems, it [...]

When the Box is All You Know: Leadership, Change, and the Academy

September 30th, 2016|White Papers|

Leaders in higher education are well aware the critical issues they face—relevance, value, and sustainability. They are working to navigate an educational landscape that is complex and changing, and seeking to craft responses to these issues. A major concern, however, is the extent to which leaders are both equipped for, and willing to address, some [...]

Looking and Seeing: Understanding the Environment in Private Nonprofit Higher Education

March 31st, 2016|White Papers|

Among Japanese samurai, there was a cautionary maxim that one needs to really see things and not merely look at them - an important concept for people who fought with razor-sharp swords. In a larger sense, this adage is also an admonishment to us to see things as they really are and not as we [...]

Tough Times and Clear Thinking: Coming to Grips with the Higher Education Market

March 31st, 2016|White Papers|

The university or college campus is awash in ideas meant to challenge and stimulate. All too often, however, it is also a place where "ideals" are largely ones devoted to the academic status quo: the groves of academe as a place with a particularly acute vision. Unfortunately, this vision is often facing into the past [...]

Partnership, Innovation and Growth: A Case Study

March 31st, 2016|White Papers|

When we look at successful partners, a few key characteristics stand out: the ability to work in a way that leverages the relative strengths of the two parties; a willingness to embrace multiple delivery options as an important contribution to the academic portfolio; the capacity to identify and act on new opportunities; and consistent support [...]

Nursing Shortage Still

March 30th, 2016|White Papers|

We know that some of the most in-demand programs at both the undergraduate levels are in healthcare, and in particular, the nursing field. And the projected nursing shortage is alarming - even after some expansion in programs designed to train registered nurses. In fact, there seems to be something of a disconnect between societal needs [...]

Innovation in Higher Ed: More Than Modality

March 24th, 2016|White Papers|

I frequently highlight the importance of three things in building and growing successful academic programs: excellence, accessibility, and efficiency. And in conversations with educators across the country, they nod in agreement. Their focus is largely on the academic realm, however. While not discounting the centrality of academics, I believe the time has come to seriously [...]

Student Support Expert Nancy Gimbel to Provide Keynote Speech at Central Michigan University Conference

June 10th, 2015|News|

Palatine, IL - June 8, 2015 - Dr. Nancy Gimbel, Vice President of Student Support Programs at Synergis Education, has been selected as the keynote presenter for next month's Central Michigan University Enrollment and Student Services Division Annual Conference. The theme of the conference, which takes place July 8, 2015, is "Re-conceptualizing the Student Experience." Discussions [...]

3Modality in Action: Synergis Partners with Gwynedd Mercy University to Launch First ABSN Program

June 5th, 2015|News|

By Norm Allgood, CEO, Synergis Education As the adult learning population continues to grow, so does the need for a diversified approach to learning delivery. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" model, which is why it is so important to place students and programs at the center of the learning [...]

Synergis Education Office + Culture

January 27th, 2015|News|

  December 15, 2014   Synergis Education helps partners construct vibrant, sustainable and reputable adult learning environments and deliver superior learning outcomes for their students. In this post, we'll highlight some of the unique aspects of the Synergis Education culture with insight from CEO Norm Allgood, as well as showcase the new office space in [...]