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Change, Disruption and Success in Higher Education

April 27th, 2017|White Papers|

Change continues to be a constant in higher education. The declining fortunes of formerly dominant for-profits, the emergence of non-profit institutions as leaders in providing affordable online education, as well as national political and economic trends all suggest that institutions unwilling to change are ripe for disruption from more nimble competitors. With risk comes reward [...]

When the Comfort Zone is the Danger Zone

February 20th, 2017|White Papers|

During a presidential primary season where party elites on both sides of the aisle have been unpleasantly surprised by widespread dissatisfaction, those of us in higher education should engage in some tough self-reflection regarding our constituents--about how we serve students and why. Institutions looking to strengthen their long-term viability will focus on developing a portfolio [...]

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 [...]