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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?

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.

Universities- Reasons to be Thankful in 2020 | Drumm McNaughton | Changing Higher Ed | Consulting
Business of Higher Ed

Universities: 7 Reasons to be Thankful in 2020

Universities: 7 Reasons to be Thankful in 2020. The year 2020 has been one for the books. However, we’ve reached Thanksgiving—and that means it is the perfect time to flip the paradigm and focus on the good. This experiment that is known as the United States of America is not perfect; however, our nation is growing and every citizen shares the common goal of seeing our nation prosper (even though we may not agree on how to achieve that mark). So in honor of Thanksgiving, we want to suggest 7 different reasons (in no particular order) why we’re thankful for this year.

Election 2020 Implications for University Leaders
Leadership and Culture

Election 2020 Implications for University Leaders

What are the Election 2020 implications for university leaders? The Democrats and Republicans continue to offer two distinct visions for the nation, and that perspective is seen in their higher education platforms. This newsletter attempts to offer a non-partisan look at the presidential candidates and also offers some suggestions to consider in relation to down-ballot choices.

#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.

Creating Higher Ed Efficiencies Through Consortium
Change Management

Creating Higher Ed Efficiencies Through Consortium with Dr. Michael Horowitz | Changing Higher Ed 047

Many higher education institutions are struggling with survival. While many leaders are beginning to consider closing the institution, there are other options available. Some of the most commonly talked about are mergers and acquisitions. However, forming or becoming part of a consortium can offer important support that can help an institution survive and even thrive.

How to Reengineer Higher Education Post-COVID Podcast
Strategic Planning and Management

How to Reengineer Higher Education Post-COVID with Mike Goldstein | Changing Higher Ed 046

How to Reengineer Higher Education Post-COVID with Mike Goldstein and Dr. Drumm McNaughton podcast discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the changes already facing higher education.  These issues include financial, structural, and enrollment. Mike Goldstein, one of the top higher education attorneys in the country, offers his insights on how higher education leaders can navigating these challenges.

How Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Navigating Coronavirus
Business of Higher Ed

How Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Navigating Coronavirus with Dr. Billy Hawkins | Changing Higher Ed 045

In this podcast, How Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Navigating Coronavirus, Dr. Billy Hawkins and Dr. Drumm McNaughton identify ways higher education leaders are in a difficult position as they navigate the coronavirus pandemic. They have had to make the difficult decision of closing campuses during the spring semester, and now they need to focus on bringing students back safely in the fall semester and moving forward in the “new normal.”

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.

Sustainable change in higher ed sgENGAGE - Blackbaud Podcast Dr. Drumm McNaughton
Business of Higher Ed

Implementing Sustainable Change in Higher Ed – The sgENGAGE Podcast by Blackbaud with Dr. Drumm McNaughton

Dr. Drumm McNaughton guest spot on, Implementing Sustainable Change in Higher Ed Change podcast, with Blackbaud discusses how change comes in many different forms, whether it’s a new technology initiative, a new stakeholder or student engagement approach, change in leadership, crisis resolution, etc. So, what are the steps that institutions can take to implement sustainable change and realize the vision they’re trying to create through any transformation?

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.

Predictions for 2020
Marketing | Positioning | Branding

Reflections on 2019 and Predictions for 2020 with Drumm McNaughton and Deb Maue | Changing Higher Ed 030

Join us in reflecting on 2019 and our predictions for 2020. The Change Leader CEO and President Drumm McNaughton and Aurora University Vice President for Marketing and Communications Deb Maue share their insights during the second annual wrap-up of happenings in higher education. These show notes offer a follow-up on the pair’s predictions for 2019 as well as insights on what to prepare for with our predictions for 2020.

NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING 2019
Accreditation

Negotiated Rulemaking 2019 with Russ Poulin | Changing Higher Ed 029

Negotiated Rulemaking 2019 podcast with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Dr. Russ Poulin. Dr. Poulin served on the subcommittee on the recent federal Negotiated Rulemaking (Neg Reg) negotiations where he had the opportunity to provide input on recommendations that were voted on by the full committee. He was recently promoted to be the Executive Director of WCET.

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.

Creating Education Pathways for First Generation Students
Leadership and Culture

Creating Education Pathways for First Generation Students with Dr. Karen Haynes | Changing Higher Ed 024

Creating Education Pathways for First Generation Students on the Changing Higher Ed Podcast. Dr. Karen Haynes retired as president of Cal State San Marcos on June 30, 2019. She was the longest-seated president in the CSU system and the first woman to hold this role in history. Haynes began her presidency in 2004 when the institution had a student population of 7,000 and an alumni base of 13,000. Through her leadership, the campus grew to serve 17,000 students and now has approximately 45,000 alumni.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Keys to Healing Unconscious Bias in Higher Ed
Leadership and Culture

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Keys to Healing Unconscious Bias in Higher Ed with Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi | Changing Higher Ed 019

Diversity, equity and inclusion continues to be critical issues for higher education. Many of these issues are fanned by repercussions of historical events as well as unconscious biases based on unknown U.S. history and individuals tending to remain in monolithic groups. Institutions of higher education have a duty to make their campuses a model of inclusivity where every student, faculty member and staff member is wholeheartedly appreciated. To achieve this, higher education leaders need to…

Building Strong University Leadership Through Mentoring
Leadership and Culture

Building Strong University Leadership Through Mentoring with Dr. Ron Crutcher | Changing Higher Ed 018

The key to building strong university leadership through mentoring is by inspiring current leaders to pass on their experience and legacy to high-potentials. education needs to do a better job of preparing future leaders, especially in terms of leadership development and succession planning. Some leaders, while academically very bright in their discipline, take on administrative roles with no knowledge of leadership or management. This can have severe ramifications for a department, college or university. Therefore, it’s important to identify and develop high potential leaders before the administrative job is open…

Government and Universities Battle Sexual Abuse
Leadership and Culture

Government and Universities Battle Sexual Abuse with Rob Showers | Changing Higher Ed 017

In this podcast: Government and Universities Battle Sexual Abuse.Robert Showers Esq. has had a long and storied career in law. Prior to founding Simms Showers LLP, he was a principal at Gammon & Grange in charge of the litigation department, and before that was with the U.S. Department of Justice where he was acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, a federal prosecutor and Chief of the Civil Section in the US Attorney’s Office, and was Founder and Executive Director of what is now the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).

Sexual Abuse in Academe & #metoo
Leadership and Culture

Sexual Abuse in Academe & #metoo

#Metoo sparked a reveal of sexual abuse in academe. Three years ago the Association of American Universities added kindling to a smoldering fire when it released a report that found that 25 percent of female undergraduate students experience sexual assault or misconduct during their time at university. The study pointed out that fewer than a third of those involved in an incident reported it to campus or local authorities, often because they didn’t feel their experiences were serious enough to warrant the report.

Leadership Accountability in Higher Ed | Drumm McNaughton | Higher Ed Consultant
Leadership and Culture

Leadership Accountability in Higher Ed

Let’s take a deep look at leadership accountability in higher ed and what you can do to improve your institution’s leadership.

Student Leadership Development Programs
Leadership and Culture

The Story of Texas A&M’s Student Leadership Development Programs – People Support What They Help Create

Student Leadership Development Programs – Higher education leaders often talk about creating the next generation of leaders.  Many current efforts at colleges and universities are focused on flipped classrooms and leadership seminars. But how do we give young adults firsthand experience (instead of theoretical knowledge) of the skills and abilities needed for becoming leaders in their future organizations, communities, and globally?

Effective University Leadership – What Does It Take?
Leadership and Culture

Effective University Leadership – What Does It Take?

Effective University leadership must be supermen or superwomen – the skills, knowledge, and experience required to be an effective leader of a higher education institution are unlike that of nearly any other profession.

Building Leadership Capacity: A President's Perspective | Webinar
Leadership and Culture

Building Leadership Capacity: A President’s Perspective Webinar

Building Leadership Capacity: A President’s Perspective Webinar for higher education. Please join Dr. Katrina Rogers, President of Fielding Graduate University, and Ms. Amy Savage, CEO of Fine Points Leadership, in an interactive discussion on the criticality of and how to build leadership capacity in institutions of higher education.  This discussion focused on how to implement Kouzes and Posner’s The Leadership Challenge in higher ed institutions, and what colleges and universities must do to build the next generation of higher education leaders.

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.

Leadership Development in Higher Education
Leadership and Culture

Leadership Development in Higher Education

Leadership development in Higher Education has a problem in that there are not enough good leaders who are ready to take over the helm of a college or university, and it comes down to “you get what you measure.”

How Universities Find the Right Job Candidates
Business of Higher Ed

How Universities Find the Right Job Candidates in 7 Steps

Universities find the right job candidates by following a few simple steps. Hiring the right people at your college and university is critical to building a high-performing institution.

Navy Seals’ Hell Week Reveals Fundamentals of Leadership
Leadership and Culture

Navy Seals’ Hell Week Reveals Fundamentals of Leadership

Discovering the fundamentals of leadership through observing Navy Seal Hell Week. No, you don’t have to crawl under live machine-gun fire or lay prone for hours in the freezing surf to learn the value of leadership, but there’re lots that we in academe can learn about leadership from the Navy Seals’ Hell Week.

Maintaining Team Integrity in Higher Ed
Leadership and Culture

Maintaining Team Integrity in Higher Education

Maintaining team integrity in Higher Ed is an integral part of innovation and success. While some describe change as the only constant in the world, it’s often misunderstood from the business perspective.

Leading Organizational Change in Higher Ed | Change Leaders
Change Management

Leading Organizational Change in Higher Ed Part 2: Find Change Leaders

Organizational Change in Higher Ed Leaders Part 2 in the series is about finding the change leaders in your institution who will facilitate momentum. Our previous installment of the eight-part series Leading Organizational Change in Higher Ed discussed how to create a sense of urgency in your staff and bring all levels and departments into the fold. The next step: find leaders to help you make long-term, transformative changes.

Higher Ed Culture | Higher Ed Leaders
Leadership and Culture

Creating a Fun and Productive Higher Ed Culture

Creating a fun and productive culture in Higher Education means striking a balance that’s not easy until you get the hang of it. Technology has changed world culture in ways nobody could have predicted.

Higher Ed Institution Can Beat The Competition
Leadership and Culture

How Your Higher Ed Institution Can Beat The Competition

Do you want to know how your higher ed institution can beat the competition? Let’s take a look at how startups compete with big corporations for some pointers. They usually can’t match the salaries offered to promising applicants. They can’t offer the same benefits. Their offices don’t have pool tables and ping pong tables and bean bags laying around.

Strategies to Remove Office Negativity in Higher Ed
Leadership and Culture

Strategies to Remove Office Negativity in Higher Ed

Most of us already know a few strategies to remove office negativity but we often need a refresher and perhaps some new ideas. 87% of companies report that employee engagement and office culture are their number one challenges.

Building Caring Cultures Leads to an Engaged Workforce
Leadership and Culture

Build an Engaged Workforce with a Caring Culture

To build an engaged workforce, we need to consider that we currently have four (or maybe five) generations in the workforce. How do we keep them all engaged?

Say Yes to Higher Ed Employee Engagement With These Management Tips
Leadership and Culture

Say Yes to Higher Ed Employee Engagement With These Management Tips

Improve your higher ed employee engagement and gain from the ripple effect. Employees are an invaluable resource, and making the most effective use of that resource requires that employees feel professionally engaged at work. For managers, leading an engaged workforce requires creating a corporate culture that welcomes the active participation of employees.

Higher Ed Success Through Leadership Mindset
Leadership and Culture

Higher Ed Success Through Leadership Mindset

Higher Ed success through leadership mindset and approach to change. As the Change Leader, I am often asked: what are the key steps to help Higher Ed institutions succeed?
The truth is there is only one way: change the leadership. That doesn’t necessarily mean replacing leadership, but if they can’t change their mindset, then you need to choose between an ineffective leader or the success of your institution. A new mindset is required to solve any problem, including those of businesses.

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.

Why Morality in Higher Education Matters Again
Leadership and Culture

Why Morality in Higher Education Matters Again

Morality in Higher Education matters. Smart organizations are realizing that it’s people, not profits that make the rules, and those who don’t get in alignment, lose.

Organization Evolution Case Study: Two Evolved Organizations
Change Management

Organization Evolution Case Study: Two Evolved Organizations

In this organizational evolution case study, we’ll explore what an evolved organization looks like. Is organizational evolution easy to recognize? What differentiates evolved behavior from behavior in transition?

Valuing Values & Creating a Living Company
Leadership and Culture

Valuing Values & Creating a Living Company

Valuing Values & Creating a Living Company. “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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