president2presidentWelcome to the 2017-2018 edition of President to President, a thought leadership series offering perspectives from university presidents for university presidents on the challenges faced in higher education. This year’s series, titled “How Disruptive Innovation is Shaping the Next-Gen Campus and Enabling Student Success,” will focus on how on how institutions are innovating in order to secure the future and ensure positive business outcomes, all while enhancing the student experience on campus.

Chapter 10: Strategic Planning and Opportunism: Leaving Room for Serendipity by Dr. Kevin M. Ross

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM


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To state the obvious: the future is uncertain. 

To make it less so, we make valiant efforts to chart the course for our institutions through strategic planning. In broad consultation with campus communities, we envision bright futures and set bold aspirations for ourselves. We take into account our strengths and build upon them, while also making efforts to improve those areas that need attention. We take stock of our peers’ programs and pricing to see where we fit in our regional ecosystem to ensure our offerings remain relevant and attractive to prospective students and supporters.

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Chapter 9: The Dominican Experience for All: A Distinctive Program Approach to Innovation by Mary B. Marcy Ph.D.

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM


Much of higher education is grappling with the tension between a fragile business model and a quality educational model. These two concerns have been on a collision course as student demographics have shifted, the traditional-age student population has declined, the cost of college has outstripped inflation, and as students see college primarily, if not exclusively, as a path to employment. Our knowledge of what is most effective in college teaching and learning has increased, even as our ability to supply that level of intense education is financially and philosophically challenged.

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Chapter 8: The Importance of Mentorship in Higher Education by Dr. Nido R. Qubein

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:00 AM


At High Point University (HPU), we believe in what I call "intentional congruence," an idea that describes how what we do and what we espouse connect like pieces to a puzzle and helps us plant seeds of greatness in the hearts, minds, and souls of our students.

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