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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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Dr. Vince Tinto on Program Sustainability and Motivating Students to Persist: National Advisory Board Conversation Series

Dr. Vince Tinto on Program Sustainability and Motivating Students to Persist: National Advisory Board Conversation Series

The Civitas Learning National Advisory Board is comprised of researchers, association leaders, and executives whose expertise has influenced higher education policy and institutional practice across the United States and around the world, and has guided our work from day one. With the NAB Conversation Series, we are thrilled to give our community an opportunity to […]

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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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Collaborate to Catalyze: Conversations on the University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

Collaborate to Catalyze: Conversations on the University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

 When the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) began its work, the mission was clear: form a cutting-edge coalition of large public universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates. Beginning in 2014, this collection of dedicated universities with motivated leadership and talented teams gathered to lead change, learn together, and tell their stories. […]

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An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

 Visiting the Valley of the Sun in Arizona—i.e., Metro Phoenix—in the middle of August is always a toasty experience. Beyond the usual 100-degree-plus temperatures, my visit this week had a host of other warm moments, most of which related to watching new students getting ready for their first-foray into a fall semester. I was in […]

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Listening to Students’ Voices4Change

Listening to Students’ Voices4Change

Last week, we saw the announcement of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, the next generation of the highly successful Wisconsin Hope Lab. The new center, located at Temple University, will continue and deepen the research and innovation aimed at helping striving students succeed in higher education, even as they are wrestling with […]

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