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University Governance
Governance

Strategic Board Leadership Creates New University Governance Paradigm with Henry Stoever | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 066

Strategic board leadership is an emerging paradigm of university governance that can help higher education institutions navigate multiple challenges. This podcast features Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Henry Stoever, president of AGB.

Changing Paradigm of University Governance

Typically, higher education boards are made up of individuals who are appointed as trustees because they have made significant philanthropic contributions, either to the institution or, in the case of public universities, to a political party candidate who then appoints the individual once elected. This approach is shifting as boards and institutional leadership teams begin to develop strategic partnerships.

Driving Pandemic University Student Enrollment with Bill Conley and Bob Massa | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 062
Students and Enrollment Management

Improving Pandemic University Student Enrollment Management with Bill Conley and Bob Massa | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 062

Driving Pandemic University Student Enrollment with Bill Conley and Bob Massa | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 062. This podcast will look at the pandemic, student enrollment, and the ripple effect that this can have on an institution. Today’s guests are Bill Conley and Bob Massa, co-founders of Enrollment Intelligence NOW.

Changes to University Scholarship Processes Due to the Pandemic
Business of Higher Ed

Changes to University Scholarship Processes Due to the Pandemic with Keith Brown and Alania Cater | Changing Higher Ed 060

This podcast focuses on the changes to university scholarship processes due to the pandemic, and features Dr. Drumm McNaughton, Keith Brown and Alania Cater | Changing Higher Ed 060. The coronavirus pandemic’s tumultuous reach continues to upend higher education. This podcast looks at the disruption that has happened in the areas of scholarship, financial aid, and fundraising.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Fundraising during Crisis Situations | Higher Ed Podcast
Fundraising | Grants

University Fundraising during Crisis Situations with Martin Leifeld | Changing Higher Ed 042

This podcast explores university fundraising during crisis situations. At the time of this podcast, COVID-19 was the major crisis for higher ed finances. Contrary to what many would think, the current situation could be an important time to visit with donors.

During his 24 years of professional fundraising, Martin Leifeld and his teams raised a staggering $500 million dollars. He served as vice-chancellor of advancement for the University of Missouri-St. Louis for a decade.

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.

How to Implement Effective Shared Governance
Governance

How to Implement Effective Shared Governance with Philip Rous | Changing Higher Ed 033

How to Implement Effective Shared Governance with Philip Rous and Dr. Drumm McNaughton on the Changing Higher Ed Podcast. Dr. Philip Rous is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has been at UMBC for 29 years, both as a faculty member and administrator. He tries to facilitate the community as a whole to grow and expand.

Merging Higher Education Institutions
Mergers and Alliances

Merging Higher Ed Institutions Part 2: A Smart Strategy?

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.

Merging Higher Education Institutions
Mergers and Alliances

Merging Higher Education Institutions Part 1: A Smart Strategy?

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.

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.

Assessment: Using Data to Grow Universities
Strategic Planning and Management

Assessment: Using Data to Grow Universities with Jamie Morley | Changing Higher Ed 020

In this podcast, Assessment: Using Data to Grow Universities with Jamie Morley we discuss why assessment is critical for ensuring instruction is effective in helping students to learn. This data is even more important as the demographics of students and expectations of what higher education should accomplish change.

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.

Strategic Management for Education Institutions: A Holistic Approach to Improving Enrollment and Revenues | Webinar
Students and Enrollment Management

Strategic Management for Education Institutions: A Holistic Approach to Improving Enrollment and Revenues | Webinar

“Strategic Management for Education Institutions: A Holistic Approach to Improving Enrollment and Revenues” features Dr. Drumm McNaughton, a 20+ year change management expert and higher education consultant who has added over $500 million to organizations’ bottom lines, on how education institutions can successfully grow revenues through implementing holistic management systems. Participants will learn how to:

 –  Improve university positioning to grow enrollments

 – Use your strategic plan to drive growth and create a shared vision for implementation

 – Implement holistic management systems to systematize annual planning and change

the purpose of higher education
Strategic Planning and Management

The Changing Face of Higher Ed Part 1: The Purpose of Higher Ed

The purpose of Higher Ed, at its core, remains the same, but it is still a moving target. One of the major challenges facing higher education leaders is identifying what the purpose of higher ed is now. For some schools, the mission has been offering undergraduate programs designed to prepare the next generation of white-collar workers. In other institutions, the focus is on preparing the next generation of scholars and creating cutting-edge knowledge. The purpose of Higher Ed is the first in The Changing Face of Higher Ed series as it’s the most important to the success and sustainability of higher education institutions.

The Greatest Challenges Facing Higher Ed
Business of Higher Ed

The Greatest Challenges Facing Higher Education

The greatest challenges facing Higher Ed according to those on the inside. Presidents of Higher Education Institutions have a unique insight into their institution’s problems, and it’s no secret that higher education is facing a sort of crisis.

Organizational Change Management Strategies in Higher Education
Change Management

Thoughtful Organizational Change Management Strategies in Higher Education

Thoughtful organizational change management strategies require a lot of deep insight, followed by strategic planning and skillful plan implementation.

Every organization continually strives to do better, respond faster, and drive profits higher – and that means change is constant. But sometimes it takes holistic, organization-wide change to bring about real results. Demanding too much of individual staff members or departments is a recipe for an overworked and overwhelmed staff. Employees who are forced to adapt too quickly often spend time remembering the acronyms of new initiatives than actually working on them. To successfully drive change, avoiding overreach is essential.

Benefits of Hiring a Higher Ed Consultant
Business of Higher Ed

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Higher Ed Consultant

What are the benefits of hiring a higher ed consultant for colleges and universities? A higher ed consultant delivers many benefits to the leadership team, boards of director, and the entire institution itself. They come with diverse industry-wide insights and have witnessed, first hand, what works and what doesn’t. Their depth of experience in the specific problems facing higher education institutions simply can’t be matched by a general business consultant.

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