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Defining the Role of Academe in the Future of America
Higher Ed News

Defining the Role of Academe in the Future of America

Defining the role of academe in the future of America needs to be addressed and defined by leaders in the Academy. A new administration took office this week—and this is one of the most important transitions in our country’s history. The national acrimony and strife that has been building since the 1980s came to a head this year, exploding into the streets, on campuses and into the headlines. The sharp political divide, Black Lives Matter, the takeover of the U.S. Capitol, the rise of innuendo and slander and divisiveness brings us to a basic question – what is the United States about?

COVID Psychological Impact on Higher Ed Institutions
Crisis Management

COVID Psychological Impact on Higher Ed Institutions with Tom Marrs | Changing Higher Ed 069

The COVID psychological impact on Higher Ed institutions is the topic of this Changing Higher Ed Podcast with host, Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest, Dr. Tom Marrs. Under discussion is crisis recovery for higher education institutions that will continue to remain challenging as the fallout from the pandemic, including increasing economic issues, continue to emerge. Dr. Tom Marrs, is a licensed psychologist and assistant director for client engagement at the Center for Executive Education at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.

Crisis Recovery for Higher Ed Institutions a Top Priority for 2021
Crisis Management

Crisis Recovery for Higher Ed Institutions a Top Priority for 2021 with Barbara Mistick | Changing Higher Ed 068

Crisis recovery for higher education institutions remains at the top of the to-do list entering 2021.  The coronavirus pandemic continues to change the nation’s higher education landscape, which includes 1700 private non-profit colleges. This podcast will feature Barbara Mistick, the president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Higher Ed Change Management Critical to Surviving 2020 and 2021's Recovery with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Deb Maue | Changing Higher Ed 067
Change Management

Higher Ed Change Management Critical to Surviving 2020 and 2021s Recovery with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Deb Maue | Changing Higher Ed 067

Higher education change management and crisis management was critical in 2020 as college and university leaders dealt with crises brought on by COVID, and will remain so for 2021. This podcast features Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Deb Maue, and looks back at 2020 and predicts what 2021 has in store for higher ed.

2020: A Year of Crises and Opportunities in Higher Education
Crisis Management

2020: A Year of Crises and Opportunities in Higher Education

The year 2020 has been a year of crises and opportunities in higher education. The year’s challenges have given higher ed institutions a chance to practice change management, as well as necessitated a sustained focus to build leadership capacity for higher ed and more targeted higher ed branding.

Higher Ed Reputation Management
Crisis Management

Higher Ed Reputation Management During Crisis | Podcast 064

With the various factors (the pandemic, the recent election, social unrest, etc.) roiling the nation, reputation management and crisis management have never been more important in higher education. This podcast features Bill Coletti, the CEO of Kith. His company has worked with a number of institutions, including large universities who faced outcries due to sexual harassment challenges as well as institutions that are undertaking mergers.

University Crises Recovery and Change Management
Crisis Management

COVID and In-Person Classes: A Lost Cause or Need for University Crises Recovery?

In-person classes have been shredded by COVID, and many are wondering if they are a lost cause for now or can applying university crises recovery and change management principles save them. Modern times have allowed humans to become comfortable with feeling like they can predict the future.

Creative Alliances Help Universities Thrive with Mark Scheinberg | Changing Higher Ed 055
Business of Higher Ed

Creative Alliances Help Universities Thrive with Mark Scheinberg | Changing Higher Ed 055

Creative partnerships and mergers and acquisitions are helping colleges and universities get out of financial crises while also serving students’ needs. One example of this type of partnership involves three higher education institutions — Goodwin University, Sacred Heart, and Paier College of Art—that are working with the University of Bridgeport to create a partnership.

Will COVID Cause University Transformation?
Strategic Planning and Management

Will COVID Cause University Transformation? Maybe…

University transformation could be the silver lining of the pandemic. COVID has caused a massive disruption in higher ed, and many question whether it will transform or waste the opportunity.

We’re steadily moving toward the start of the new school year, yet something is off. Normally this time of the year has been marked by excitement—whether that’s because of the return of students, the start of the next phase of life for incoming freshmen, or the sense of camaraderie created by the impending football season

University Regulations and New Stimulus Package
Crisis Management

Washington Update: University Regulations and New Stimulus Package with Tom Netting | Changing Higher Ed 051

University regulations and new stimulus package – what it means for higher ed institutions. Federal policymakers are trying to figure out their next steps in relation to higher education in the wake of the pandemic. In addition, these policymakers are continuing in developing and implementing regulations. TEN Government Strategies CEO Tom Netting, a regular guest on this podcast, provides an update on new regulations that are coming online as well as recent and proposed federal legislation, including the CARES Act, which provides short-term financial and policy guidance.

How Universities Use Crises to Innovate
Crisis Management

How Universities Use Crises to Innovate with Dr. Eric Boynton | Changing Higher Ed 050

How Universities Use Crises to Innovate podcast discusses how higher education institutions are still reeling from dealing with the coronavirus pandemic during the spring term. However, now they are faced with the challenge of making critical decisions that also offer flexibility moving into the fall semester. Beloit College already is far ahead on this path.

This podcast featured Dr. Eric Boynton, Beloit College’s provost and dean of the college. He was instrumental in helping lead the development of a unique plan for moving forward.

#BlackLivesMatter in the Ivory Towers
Leadership and Culture

#BlackLivesMatter in the Ivory Towers

Look back to 2017 when Inside Higher Education reported that Yale University and Harvard were forced to make changes in previous decisions that symbolically honored individuals who had ties to slavery.  And these issues weren’t limited to the Ivy League; Centre College changed the name of McReynolds Hall when students researched and found out that the namesake, a Supreme Court justice, was among the most bigoted justices of his era. These were a start.

Helping Underrepresented Students Succeed
Students and Enrollment Management

Helping Underrepresented Students Succeed with Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart | Changing Higher Ed 048

In this podcast, Helping Underrepresented Students Succeed with Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart and Dr. Drumm McNaughton, we ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has put even more pressure on institutions that serve underrepresented populations. One such institution is Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX. This community college is redefining its efforts to reach and engage its student body, many of whom are non-traditional and underrepresented students.

Innovating Higher Ed
Change Management

Innovating Higher Ed: Don’t Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

In this post, Innovating Higher Ed: Don’t Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste, you’ll gain insights into ways the coronavirus is forcing higher education institutions to change in uncomfortable ways. But like any holistic change, this situation also is offering unintended consequences, both positive developments (blessings) and troubling realizations (curses).

Driving Innovation in Colleges and Universities podcast
Strategic Planning and Management

Driving Innovation in Colleges and Universities with Julie Lenzer | Changing Higher Ed 044

Driving Innovation in Colleges and Universities podcast with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Julie Lenzer | Changing Higher Ed podcast episode 044 gives insights for ways in which higher education will need to increasingly focus on innovation in both how it operates and how it educates students in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant recession. So what does that look like? This podcast focuses on taking innovation to the next level.

University Finances during Crisis Situations podcast
Crisis Management

University Finances During Crisis Situations with Rob Hartman | Changing Higher Ed 041

University Finances during Crisis Situations podcast with Rob Hartman, who is the chief financial officer of Columbia International University (CIU), a Christian University located in Columbia, S.C.

The current pandemic is offering a wealth of learning for higher education. By taking that approach, institutions can better position themselves to survive through the challenges that will continue to ripple through the nation.

University Governance during Crisis
Crisis Management

University Governance During Crisis with Dr. Cathy Trower | Changing Higher Ed 040

University Governance during Crisis Situations with Dr. Cathy Trower and Dr. Drumm McNaughton offers insights into the board’s role during a major crisis, such as the current pandemic. She discusses the importance of a partnership between the president and board chair as well as the communication channels that need to be created in a time of crisis.

How to Lead Higher Ed Through Crisis
Crisis Management

How to Lead Higher Ed Through Crisis and Turbulent Times with Dr. Gordon Gee | Changing Higher Ed 038

How to Lead Higher Ed Through Crisis and Turbulent Times podcast examines ways in which higher education was already facing major challenges, but an unprecedented black swan event – the COVID-19 pandemic—is testing the resiliency of colleges and universities across the country. Long-time education leader Dr. E. Gordon Gee offers the wisdom he has gained from serving as a university president for 40 years. Dr. Gee believes that serving in this role is one of the most important callings in this nation.

Helping Universities Survive COVID | Podcast
Crisis Management

Helping Universities Survive COVID | Podcast 035

Crises offer many common lessons once they are over. That’s the case now as higher education faces the latest crises, the COVID-19 pandemic.

This episode of Changing Higher Ed features Dr. Scott Cowen, the former president of Tulane University. Dr. Cowen, who is now a faculty member, as shares his insights of surviving a crisis, which in his case was Hurricane Katrina.

Transforming Higher Ed in Turbulent Times
Crisis Management

A Primer for Transforming Higher Ed in Turbulent Times

Transforming Higher Ed in turbulent times may seem impossible, in “normal” times is difficult enough. Preparing for what comes next and strategically managing the transformation will make or break your institution.

How Higher Ed Institutions Survive Volatility
Crisis Management

How Higher Ed Institutions Survive Volatility

If you’ve wondered how Higher Ed institutions survive volatility and prevent becoming a casualty in today’s environment, you’ve come to the right place.

Crisis Management Transformation| Tulane Post Katrina
Crisis Management

Transformation Through Crisis Management: Tulane Post-Katrina | Podcast 006

Dr. Scott Cowen is the personification of a proven crisis management leader.  When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Scott was just six years into his tenure of 16 years at Tulane. Katrina’s devastation was massive – over $650 million in damages to the University alone.

How Higher Ed Can Prepare for a Crisis
Crisis Management

How Higher Ed Can Prepare for a Crisis | UC Berkeley and the Alt-Right Protests

Changing Higher Ed Podcast How Higher Ed Can Prepare for a Crisis with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Dr. Nick Dirks | Podcast 003
Dr. Nick Dirks has the pedigree of one of the top educators in the world, and the “battle scars” of someone who’s been in the hot seat in higher ed and survived it.

New Year Resolutions for College and University Presidents
Strategic Planning and Management

New Year Resolutions for College and University Presidents

What are the New Year resolutions for college and university presidents? As we embark on a new year, higher education continues to face what seems to be a perfect storm of challenges. It’s what we do to meet those challenges that will determine higher education relevance in the United States – and the nation’s place in the global economy.

College and University Closures and Transparency in Higher Ed
Business of Higher Ed

College and University Closures – Transparency in Higher Ed

College and university closures. According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, closures of four-year, private, not-for-profit universities and colleges in 2017 are expected to triple from the current average rate of five per year.

Social Media Induced Crisis in Higher Ed Institutions
Crisis Management

Social Media Induced Crisis in Higher Ed Institutions

Social Media has induced crisis in higher ed institutions more times than we care to count. Some good changes have come from those crises but that doesn’t mean dealing with the crisis was easy.

The Pros & Cons of Organizational Transparency
Leadership and Culture

The Pros & Cons of Organizational Transparency

Organizational transparency is here to stay. In fact, some may argue it’s the new competitive advantage. With the digital age in full bloom, it’s never been easier or more convenient for institutions to open doors to how they think and behave.

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