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Success Strategies for Struggling Small to Medium Sized Colleges and Universities  – Changing Higher Ed Podcast 120 with Guest Rick Beyer

Success Strategies for Struggling Small to Medium-Sized Colleges and Universities

Changing Higher Ed Podcast with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton 120 with Guest Rick Beyer

In this episode of Changing Higher Ed podcast, Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Rick Beyer discuss innovative approaches and success strategies for struggling small to medium-sized colleges and universities.
Rick shares his perspective on the use of shared services in Higher Education, and how it can drive innovation and efficiency, both strategically and tactically to strengthen smaller schools while enabling them to remain independent.

Rethinking the Enrollment Decline in Higher Education - Changing Higher Ed Podcast 108

Rethinking the Enrollment Decline in Higher Education

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 108 with Guest Mike Petrilli

In this episode of the Changing Higher Ed podcast, Drumm McNaughton engages in conversation with the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Mike Petrilli, whose recent article presents a strong argument for optimism despite fewer students enrolling in traditional colleges and universities. 

The downward enrollment trend has induced panic among many in the higher education industry, but Petrilli offers data-based evidence suggesting the trend is neither surprising nor a cause for despair. The Upside of the Downward Trend in College Enrollment is a thorough and encouraging analysis of the factors behind this decline, the implications for students and institutions, and the necessary changes higher education institutions must make to improve students’ odds of success.

Shaping College Curriculum for Student Workforce Success - AAC&U Report - Changing Higher Ed Podcast - The Change Leader

Shaping College Curriculum for Student Workforce Success – AAC&U Report

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 107 with Guest Dr. Ashley Finley

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has issued its new report that will have an impact on shaping college curriculum for student workforce success. The report, “On the Same Page? Administrator and Faculty Views on What Shapes College Learning and Student Success”, focuses on the needed outcomes that shape undergraduate education and the practices guiding faculty and other stakeholders in the work they’re doing on campuses to support student learning and success.

Some of the questions we’ll answer are:

How do colleges and universities define and articulate learning outcomes, provide access to engaging learning experiences, and assess student success?
What defines a credential’s value for students to achieve professional and personal success?
What practices of accountability for assessment, improvement, and equity are campuses undertaking to ensure all students graduate with similar levels of value?

Successful Turnaround Strategies in Higher Ed Creates a Path to Sustainability for Bradley University

Successful Turnaround Strategies in Higher Ed Create a Path to Sustainability for Bradley University

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 099 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Dr. Stephen Standifird

In this episode of Changing Higher Ed Podcast, Dr. Drumm McNaughton shares a conversation with Dr. Stephen Standifird, the President of Bradley University, where they discuss successful turnaround strategies and innovative changes that have created a path for longevity, success, and sustainability for Bradley. 

A Business Approach for Higher Ed Strategic Planning Success Using Data Analytics and Change Management

A Business Approach for Higher Ed Strategic Planning Success Using Data Analytics and Change Management

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 098 with Guest Dr. Mark Lombardi

Maryville University’s commitment to innovation is paying dividends for the institution. Maryville has grown to over 10,000 students and is on track to have multi-million-dollar surpluses for more than 12 consecutive years.

The institution is completing its second strategic planning process, which has set in place initiatives that have laid the path for this positive trajectory, even during the pandemic. In Fall 2021, Maryville was named the fourth-fastest growing private university in the United States by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

ERM - Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Ed Part 3

Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Ed Part 3

Risk Oversight and the Board’s Role in Higher Education Risk Management

The need for enterprise risk management (ERM) in higher ed was underscored by the chaotic nature of 2020. However, as noted in two previous blogs, many higher education institutions are unsure of why and how to develop this type of plan and then administrators’ roles in operationalizing this effort.  This post addresses the other major component that needs to be addressed in creating an ERM plan—the important part that the institution’s board plays in the ERM.

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