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  • What does it take for nudging to impact college students' success?

    Recent research has questioned the effectiveness of digital prompts at scale, while new work explores how they can help students post-matriculation.

    Tim Renick and Lindsay Page • Sept. 04, 2020
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    President Speaks: Course-sharing can help small colleges weather the pandemic

    Officials at one institution explain why they are expanding work with a consortium to offer online classes to more students.

    ​Richard Merriman Jr. and Bryan Boatright • July 02, 2020
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    President Speaks: The pandemic shouldn't stop colleges filling key leadership positions

    Virtual searches have benefits for candidates and administrators, explains Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

    Cathy Sandeen • June 26, 2020
  • College closings, economic upheaval make a case for blockchain adoption

    "Addressing issues of interoperability between education and employment are more important than ever," writes ACE President Ted Mitchell.

    ​Ted Mitchell • June 18, 2020
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    President Speaks: Government relief won't be enough for higher ed. 'We must save ourselves'

    Colleges should band together in this challenging time to make college more accessible, not less, writes the head of a small New England university.

    Michael Alexander • May 14, 2020
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    A call for ideas to help student parents succeed during and after COVID-19

    Students with children face challenges at every level. A new competition is prompting colleges and other groups to find ways to address them.

    Louis Soares • May 06, 2020
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    How to raise tuition the right way for low- and middle-income students

    These students need better information about what they'll actually pay to attend college, explain the authors of a recent study on the topic.

    Phillip Levine, Jennifer Ma and Lauren Russell • May 05, 2020
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    President Speaks: How one HBCU president managed the coronavirus shutdown

    Before the pandemic, Talladega College was on a roll. Its leader wanted to make sure the crisis didn't slow its momentum.

    Billy Hawkins • May 04, 2020
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    President Speaks: COVID-19 lessons are preparing community colleges to better serve their communities

    Prioritizing students' needs, enhancing communication and ensuring instruction translates to the job market are all critical, one president explains.

    Valerie Roberson • April 27, 2020
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    President Speaks: 6 ways colleges can help international students amid coronavirus

    "New and creative action" is needed to support these students, who were overlooked in the initial response to the crisis, two college administrators write.

    Carolyn Stefanco and Alfredo Varela • April 22, 2020
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    President Speaks: Colleges must 'lead and not follow' through coronavirus

    This unprecedented challenge could inspire needed change, writes E. Gordon Gee, who has spent four decades as a university president.

    ​E. Gordon Gee • March 25, 2020
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    President Speaks: 5 tips for small-college leaders to foster community amid coronavirus

    "This situation feels different because its duration and impact are so uncertain," writes Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno.

    Dennis Hanno • March 23, 2020
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    President Speaks: 7 ways to build a better career launchpad for low-income students

    Entering the workforce can be more challenging for disadvantaged students than their higher-income peers. Here's how one university is narrowing the gap.

    Adam Weinberg and Laurel Kennedy • Jan. 27, 2020
  • The downside of secret searches for college presidents

    Protecting a candidate's privacy hinders the other institution's ability to plan for succession, write George Mason's Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Jan. 06, 2020
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    President Speaks: What I learned from an academic redesign

    The president of Hiram College breaks down the process her team took to implement major structural changes in response to financial pressure.

    Lori Varlotta • Dec. 13, 2019
  • President Speaks: Don't sound the death knell for small liberal arts colleges just yet

    As their closures make headlines, Dominican University of California President Mary Marcy unpacks her new research on promising approaches to survival.

    Mary Marcy • Dec. 06, 2019
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    President Speaks: Dual-mission colleges a solution to higher ed's selectivity problem

    The president of Utah's largest public university points to an emerging model that brings a wide range of credentials under one roof and adds flexibility.

    Astrid Tuminez • Nov. 21, 2019
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    President Speaks: Shared governance key to becoming an 'empowered university'

    The president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County shares how his institution works to include staff, faculty and students in decision-making. 

    Freeman Hrabowski III • Nov. 08, 2019
  • How can using open source frameworks hook students in STEM?

    A pair of Murray State University lecturers detail how approaching tech and overall thinking from an open source perspective can attract students to hot career fields like cybersecurity.

    Dr. Randall Joyce & Brandon Dixon • Nov. 08, 2019
  • President Speaks: Mental health should be among colleges' 'most urgent priorities'

    Investing more in addressing students' well-being will have an impact beyond campus, writes Ithaca College President Shirley Collado.

    Shirley Collado • Oct. 25, 2019
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    3 ways one campus is reaching underrepresented students

    "We are meeting students as they are and where they are and taking them to where they want to be," writes Pace University President Marvin Krislov.

    Marvin Krislov • Oct. 15, 2019
  • Why thinking like a marketer can help recruit top hires

    A strong brand and consistent hiring processes can help institutions draw key academic talent, write two University of Texas at Austin administrators.

    Henry Tijerina III and Joey Williams • Oct. 07, 2019
  • President Speaks: How colleges can improve students' social mobility

    Old Dominion University's president shares tactics to bridge equity gaps, including offering students personalized guidance and emergency grants. 

    John R. Broderick • Sept. 27, 2019
  • We all have a lot to learn from nontraditional learners

    Higher education is "tethered to a pop-culture archetype" that doesn't reflect today's students, writes Marie Cini, president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

    Marie Cini • Sept. 23, 2019
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    President Speaks: How to ease transfers between two- and four-year colleges

    U of Dayton's president discusses the private university's partnership with a local community college to help transfer students fit in and manage costs.

    Eric Spina • Aug. 29, 2019