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Is Accreditation the Enemy of Innovation?

Is Accreditation the Enemy of Innovation?

Put simply: accreditation isn’t the enemy of innovation. At least it doesn’t have to be. This is the core argument Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), is trying to champion. At its best, accreditation should help raise all boats and possibly inform and inspire innovation. The confluence of this concept coming […]

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Your Change is Working

Your Change is Working

 As the New Year kicks off, the stories about higher education enrollment declines and student success challenges keep coming. Indeed, clickbait catastrophe-predicting stories continue to fuel edu-news-site traffic and increasing institutional angst. Marie Cini, President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), has a message for you interested readers and institutional leaders trying […]

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The Rise of Co-Curricular Innovation in Student Success Work: The Student Transformative Learning Record

The Rise of Co-Curricular Innovation in Student Success Work: The Student Transformative Learning Record

College is more than a collection of classes. Indeed, at its best, a student’s time in a college or university is about engaging an array of transformative experiences that includes classes. Faculty engagement, mentor guidance, peer connections, events, activities, athletics, research, internships, projects, clubs, and more can be part of a curated and serendipitous mix […]

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Students Need Us to Do the Math

Students Need Us to Do the Math

Each year, millions of students face a major challenge on their pathways through higher education: Doing the Math. Of course, many majors require mastery of advanced algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Others, however, have a tenuous connection to the numerical symphonies that power engineering, science, and so much more. Indeed, many majors—e.g., criminal justice, sociology, liberal […]

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Journeys of Transformation: Dr. Marcia Ballinger on Moving Toward a ‘Student-Ready’ College

Journeys of Transformation: Dr. Marcia Ballinger on Moving Toward a ‘Student-Ready’ College

Over the last ten years, Lorain County Community College (LCCC) leaders—administrative, faculty, staff and student—have rolled up their sleeves and worked hard on a series of large-scale strategic initiatives. From Achieving the Dream to Completion by Design to Guided Pathways, LCCC has worked to leverage big projects to drive big change in student outcomes. With […]

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Healthy Change in Higher Education Care Strategies: A Conversation with Chris Hester

Healthy Change in Higher Education Care Strategies: A Conversation with Chris Hester

Sitting down with Chris Hester, Civitas Learning’s new CEO, means you’ll soon be sharing the passions of a tech leader with a penchant for social-purpose companies. You can read much more about Chris’s impressive background in the announcement release around his hire. Long story short: he’s a seasoned software CEO that cares deeply about helping […]

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The Tao of Data in Higher Education: Conversations on Governance, Strategy, and the Culture of Care

The Tao of Data in Higher Education: Conversations on Governance, Strategy, and the Culture of Care

As part of an ongoing set of conversations here, we’ve been exploring how the approach to data in higher education is changing, and how our institutional governance, systems, and cultures have to change as a result. We’ve catalyzed conversations with practitioners like Judy Genshaft and Paul Dosal at the University of South Florida and Pete […]

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Impact and the Move from Ingredients to Recipes in Student Success

Impact and the Move from Ingredients to Recipes in Student Success

Barb Bichelmeyer, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and Julianna Frisch, Assistant to the President, Strategic Initiatives at Monroe Community College (MCC), have a story to tell. The story is grounded in each of their institution’s relentless pursuit of student success—helping more and more diverse students learn well and […]

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Closing Equity Gaps, Hitting Historic Highs in Student Outcomes, and Reaching Preeminence: Reflections on the Leadership Journey at USF

Closing Equity Gaps, Hitting Historic Highs in Student Outcomes, and Reaching Preeminence: Reflections on the Leadership Journey at USF

After a conversation on the student success journey of the University of South Florida (USF) with their president, Dr. Judy Genshaft, and vice president for student success, Paul Dosal, I began reflecting on two of my recent reads. The first was Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker; the second was Atomic Habits by James Clear. Pinker’s […]

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Making the Move: Anchoring Your Analytics in a Culture of Care

Making the Move: Anchoring Your Analytics in a Culture of Care

Big data, predictive modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are all the buzz. From business to athletics to healthcare to education, more and more people are using more and more data strategies, technologies, and tools to achieve their diverse missions. However, as leaders in each sector moved to use more data, they had to make a […]

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