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.
Posted on April 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM
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.
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.
Posted on February 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM
In response to the theories surrounding Black student achievement and low enrollment of Black male college students, we developed the "Four Pillars of Academic Achievement" based on best practices and theories from an extensive literature review on college retention and completion.
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) celebrated its 175th anniversary in academic year 2016-17. It was a year of celebration and reflection upon our deep foundation. It was also a year of metamorphosis, culminating eight years of significant changes following the 2008 global economic recession.
Posted on January 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Nearly 20 years into the 21st century, university presidents are developing potential solutions to ensure their institutions' sustainability and viability for future decades.
Posted on December 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Recent events in our nation have caused the convergence of a tremendous amount of political changes, regulatory activity for higher education, and the pendulum of public attention swinging back to colleges and universities on a variety of important issues.
Posted on October 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Disruption is not a new concept for American higher education. In the 20th century, the Great Depression and dramatic enrollment falloffs during World Wars and a historic surge in enrollments following WWII due to the GI Bill brought dramatic changes to many campuses.
Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
"Disruption" does not fall lightly on the ears or minds of college leaders. If someone walks into your office to talk about disruption, it's likely that you might start reconsidering the quiet virtues of a scholarly life of research and teaching.
Posted on August 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Remember the days when higher education was about, well, education? It still is, of course, but it's so much more. For today's college presidents, it's about endless fundraising. It's about research. It's about social issues. It's about technology. It's about innovation. It's about change.