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    How hiring college presidents has changed, and how to make it better

    Today's colleges frequently use search firms to hire leaders. This three-part series asks what that means and what can be safely outsourced.

    Nov. 23, 2021
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    How to improve hiring of college presidents

    Don't outsource control of a search, two higher ed leadership researchers say. Finding a president is too important and expensive of an undertaking.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Nov. 17, 2021
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    The people hiring college presidents don't have experience as college presidents

    A review of nearly two dozen people leading college executive searches found few had experience in the big chair on campus.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Nov. 16, 2021
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    A fundamental change in hiring college presidents is unfolding

    Presidents are growing more diverse and staying for shorter stints, 40 years of hiring show. But using search firms in hiring may be the real change.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Nov. 15, 2021
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    Today's students need hybrid learning models

    COVID-19 proved it's time to restructure the college experience to meet students' needs, the Lumina Foundation's chief policy officer argues.

    Danette Howard • Nov. 1, 2021
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    How Congress can move the needle on college completion

    A proposed College Completion Fund draws backing as researchers say wraparound support programs are the best way to help students earn degrees.

    Michelle Dimino and Alyssa Ratledge • Oct. 27, 2021
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    Competency-based learning can power an equitable recovery

    A new approach to higher education could help students earn credentials and find economic opportunity, leaders at C-BEN and JFF argue.

    Charla Long and Stacey Clawson • Oct. 21, 2021
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    Overtly religious advertising can harm a faith-based college's STEM reputation

    Religious advertising can influence public perception of academic quality, new research finds. What does that mean for colleges' marketing?

    Mathew S. Isaac, Carl Obermiller and Rebecca Jen-Hui Wang • Oct. 11, 2021
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    NACAC chief executive announces a new mission and vision statement

    Angel Pérez says the organization is recommitting to accessible, equitable postsecondary education.

    Angel Pérez • Sept. 23, 2021
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    Students need a new citizenship project — and colleges need someone new to lead it

    Jack Calareso, an executive search consultant and former college president, proposes a new leadership role focused on the common good.

    Jack Calareso • Sept. 9, 2021
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    Empty campus communications can't replace real diversity, equity and inclusion work

    Two higher ed communication consultants say actions speak louder than words when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Teresa Valerio Parrot and Erin Hennessy • Aug. 31, 2021
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    President Speaks: There's only upside for colleges to improve transfer policies

    Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University, explains how schools can better serve students with prior credits.

    Mary Hawkins • Aug. 9, 2021
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    Biden's free community college plan won't succeed without robust transfer strategies

    A senior program manager at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program argues for strengthening pathways between two- and four-year schools.

    Gelsey Mehl • Aug. 5, 2021
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    President Speaks: Colleges must do more to close the gender gap in financial fluency

    The head of Barnard College at Columbia University explains how her institution is improving women's financial literacy on campus. 

    Sian Beilock • July 12, 2021
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    A better approach to diversity training for faculty

    Colleges must reach beyond generic lists and clever acronyms to truly address systemic racism in the sector, one administrator and professor writes.

    H. Tuba Özkan-Haller • June 1, 2021
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    Kentucky colleges are going beyond teaching students the soft skills employers want

    Institutions are embedding these competencies into the curriculum and helping students learn how to talk about them.

    Aaron Thompson • May 14, 2021
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    President Speaks: How one university plans to zero out its carbon emissions

    Changing how it generates energy on campus isn't the only way Miami University, in Ohio, is thinking green.

    Gregory Crawford • May 7, 2021
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    President Speaks: 5 higher education trends the pandemic is accelerating

    Technology, student choice and career prep will factor more heavily into colleges' decision-making going forward, one president explains.

    Adam Weinberg • April 26, 2021
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    How UNC Charlotte is bringing transfers in and stop-outs back

    The university's 49erNext and 49er Finish programs provide a template for expanding enrollment while offering a suite of support services.

    Sharon L. Gaber • April 19, 2021
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    As in-person classes resume, colleges shouldn't lose steam on faculty training

    Professional development in pedagogy should be required throughout an instructor's employment, one teaching and learning dean explains.

    Inara Scott • April 12, 2021
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    A learners-first system sounds simple, but changing the status quo won't be easy

    Higher ed professor and former college president Peter Smith shares ideas for improving students' lifelong access to education.

    Peter Smith • March 26, 2021
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    As colleges stare down declining demographics, now is the time to support adult learners

    Schools may need to rethink their approaches in order to reach these students, writes Becky Klein-Collins, of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

    Becky Klein-Collins • March 4, 2021
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    President Speaks: A case for income-share agreements at colleges

    Clarkson University, in New York, offers the financing option to around two dozen students a year along with additional academic and career support.

    Tony Collins • Feb. 25, 2021
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    President Speaks: How higher education can avoid leaving the humanities behind

    The president of Bennington College shares ideas for how universities contending with big budget cuts could work with liberal arts colleges.

    Laura Walker • Feb. 17, 2021
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    President Speaks: Advice for being nimble during trying times

    Clarity, intentionality, flexibility and creativity are key as colleges try to manage the crisis, writes the president of Florida International University.

    Mark B. Rosenberg • Feb. 1, 2021