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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.

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.

How to Merge Two Universities
Mergers and Alliances

How to Merge Two Universities with Dr. Tony Allen | Changing Higher Ed 053

How to Merge Two Universities. Many higher ed institutions are struggling with finances due to COVID and other reasons, but few higher ed leaders are seriously contemplating a merger with or acquisition of or by another institution. These processes can be a win-win proposition, allowing for increased capacity, services, and efficiencies for 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.

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).

Mergers and Alliances

Merging Higher Ed Institutions: A Smart Strategy?  Part 2

Merging higher ed institutions part 2. The landscape in higher education continues to be rocked by change, including 1200+ closures (the majority of which were for-profits), mergers, and mega-mergers. These massive changes have been driven by changing demographics and a booming economy.

Mergers and Alliances

Merging Higher Education Institutions: A Smart Strategy? Part 1

In Merging Higher Education Institutions: A Smart Strategy? Part 1 I discuss the landscape in higher education that continues its transformation (def: is being rocked by change). Between 2014 and 2019, 129 private higher education institutions closed their doors, 18 merged with other privates, and 12 reorganized to consolidate administration. Among public higher education institutions, 11 closed their doors, 20 merged and 33 have acquired private higher education institutions. Additionally, 1,094 for-profit higher education institutions closed while others participated in mega-mergers, such as Purdue / Kaplan and Strayer / Capella.

Changing Higher Ed Podcast
Mergers and Alliances

Mergers and Alliances with Ricardo Azziz | Changing Higher Ed 031

In the summer of 2011, conversations began with the Governor’s office about potential mergers. Toward the end of the year an announcement was made that four mergers would occur. This resulted in eight institutions being merged into four. The most complex merger involved Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, which created one larger and more comprehensive institution than either had been separately.

Marketing | Positioning | Branding

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

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. This show notes offers a follow-up on the pair’s predictions for 2019 as well as insights on what to prepare for in 2020.

Changing Higher Ed Podcast
Mergers and Alliances

Higher Education M&A Activity with Gerry Czarnecki | Changing Higher Ed 011

The higher ed sector has been relatively immune (or perhaps resistant?) to change since its inception, but in the past 10-15 years, and especially since the Great Recession, multiple things have changed, forcing changes on it. We now are seeing market forces unleashed, including consolidation, mergers/acquisitions, and closures as we’ve rarely seen before (and not in my lifetime).

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.

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