Resources For Higher Ed Leaders

Our resources for higher ed leaders include these downloadable presentations and slide-decks from Dr. Drumm McNaughton, a higher ed consultant and expert in higher education leadership. 

WSCUC Accreditation Principles for Board Governance

Building Strong Governance Systems for WSCUC Institutions

Institutional quality assurance through the peer review process of accreditation includes clear expectations for the board. Periodic review of relevant fiduciary duties and accreditation requirements is a vital part of soundboard governance. Consider: 

  • Understanding the spirit, purpose, and impact of institutional accreditation 
  • Reviewing Accreditation requirements related to board governance 
  • Engaging in the institutional accreditation Self Study review process 

ABHE 2021 – ABHE Accreditation Principles for Board Governance

Accreditation and Board Governance: Keys to your next accreditation visit.

Institutional quality assurance through the peer review process of accreditation includes clear expectations for the board. Periodic review of relevant Essentials and accreditation requirements is a vital part of soundboard governance. Consider:

  • Understanding the spirit, purpose, and impact of institutional accreditation 
  • Reviewing Accreditation Essentials related to board governance 
  • Engaging in the institutional accreditation Self Study review process 

ABHE 2021 – Strategic Planning and Risk Management: How to Create, Implement, and Sustain Growth in Today’s VUCA Environment

Every strong and mature institution is engaged in robust and effective strategic planning. However, the pandemic has created a new urgency for institutions to also move into scenario planning. So what is the difference between these two types of planning and how can they benefit your preparedness within this crisis? How does scenario planning give you poise for multiple options depending on changing conditions, including:

  • Understanding the nature and benefits of scenario planning 
  • Gathering the necessary data for clarity and precision 
  • Getting started with the process – organizing for nimble response  

TRACS 2021 – Leadership: The Key to Thriving post-COVID

Higher id has many issues – and going back to the status quo isn’t the solution. There needs to be new initiatives that ensure students get a quality education that will enable them to live productive lives.

Please join Dr. Drumm McNaughton, a 20+ year strategy and change management expert who has added over $500 million to organizations’ bottom line, for a workshop on how education institutions can proactively address their leadership challenges and what is needed in leadership skills to build the next generation of campus leaders.

TRACS 2021 – Pre-conference Workshop: Planning and Change

There is a saying. “A crisis doesn’t make problems; it uncovers and accentuates them.”

We are moving into a new normal, one in which the pool of “traditional” students is decreasing; institutions are struggling financially; student debt has hit $1.7 billion, and deferred maintenance is eating budgets alive. Accountability is a “bad” word.

Please join Dr. Drumm McNaughton, a 20+ year strategy and change management expert who has added over $500 million to organizations’ bottom line, for a two-hour workshop on how education institutions can proactively address their challenges to new ways of planning and implementing change.

AGB Ask the Expert 2021 – Create, Implement and Sustain Growth in Today’s Environment

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) are causing unique disruptions in higher ed. Today more than ever. 

Join AGB Senior Consultant and owner of The Change Leader, Drumm McNaughton for an open discussion on the importance of planning ahead and categorizing risks based on society, government, and other critical factors.

This session will show how to approach strategies proactively when the next challenge comes your way.

AGB Ask the Expert 2021 – Changing Trends in Board Governance

In this Ask the Expert session Drumm McNaughton, AGB senior consultant and CEO of The Change Leader, will facilitate a discussion about innovative and new models for higher education governance.

Special consideration will be given to what accreditors want and how for-profit governance is becoming more integrated into nonprofit higher education governance.

Dr. McNaughton will share lessons learned, insights, tips, and strategies from previous work with multiple boards and institutions and will answer your questions live during the session.

Growth Solutions from Outside Higher Education – ABACC 2020

In 1997, Apple, on the verge of bankruptcy, ousted its CEO and invited Steve Jobs back. Although he founded Apple, Jobs had been away for 11 years, and had an outsider’s perspective. The rest is history.

Higher ed, and especially Christian higher ed, have entered troubled waters: decreasing enrollments, deficit spending, and consolidations and closures — all things indicative of a mature and declining life cycle. Yet, we are trying to solve new problems with old solutions that no longer work.

It’s time to look to successful organizations such as Apple, Chrysler, and FedEx for ideas on how we can turn things around with strategic planning, strategic management, and transformation.

Transforming Strategic Planning into Effective Institutional Change – ABHE 2020

All too often there is a debilitating gap between strategic institutional planning and real lasting change.

Meetings and planning documents that only warm a spot or collect dust on the shelf. Engage with an expert in higher education organizational change, connect the dots, and take your strategic planning from theory into shoe-leather impact.

Dr. Drumm McNaughton has led many higher education institutions to a whole new level of strategic planning and change management…and can help you step up your leadership game.

Building Leadership Capacity: The Key to Growing Enrollment (and Everything Else) – TRACS 2019

According to a study by the American Quality Foundation and Ernst & Young, there are only three things that ubiquitously can improve institutions, and building leaders tops the list. 

Please join Dr. Drumm McNaughton in this interactive session on what institutions must do to build strong leaders and leadership capacity, the key ingredients in building strong, vibrant values-based institutions that grow enrollments and successfully implement new programs and initiatives. 

Improving Institutional Governance – TRACS 2019

Board membership has changed.  In the past, being a trustee was simpler – fewer stakeholder groups, less government regulation, less scrutiny.  

Now, trustees must be involved in all aspects of an institution (without micromanaging), take the long view, and know the right questions to ask.  

Please join Dr. Drumm McNaughton, for this interactive session on how institutional governance has changed, and what trustees must do to build strong, vibrant values-based institutions.  

How to Create, Implement, and Sustain Growth in Today’s New Normal – ABACC 2019

We live in a new normal, where the pool of “traditional” students is decreasing as are enrollments. Institutions are struggling to meet expenses, discounting is the norm, tuition assistance / grants are decreasing, and deferred maintenance is eating budgets alive. Yet, most institutions continue to plan in the same ways they always have (if they do at all), and they continue to struggle to meet ends meet.

Join Dr. Drumm McNaughton on strategic planning for higher education.

Strategies for Overcoming Resistance to Change – CALEM 2019

Most higher ed institutions continue to attempt to implement new programs in the old way (decided, disseminate, and defend – the traditional way of change), which results in failed implementations 80% of the time due to resistance to change.

Join Dr. Drumm McNaughton on change management for higher education.

Creating Marketing Strategies to Grow Enrollment – CALEM 2019

Today’s college students grew up in the digital age. They experience and navigate the college search process differently. The old ways of doing business – purchasing vendor lists, mailing view books, putting pretty pictures of your campus on your homepage – no longer work. 

We help colleges and universities with positioning, branding, and market strategies covered in this presentation.

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