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The Student Success Challenge: Where to Start

The Student Success Challenge: Where to Start

The puzzle of student success is complex and multi-faceted. If success for students were solved by single ‘out of the box’ solutions, companies like Civitas Learning would not need to exist; every college president would know what strategies to employ on her campus, and colleges would deploy exactly the correct resources to support every struggling […]

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Sailing into Headwinds

Sailing into Headwinds

A recent opinion piece by Michael Meotti in EdSurge makes the case for colleges and universities to move forward regarding learning analytics. More eloquently than I could, Michael lays out the case for engaging in analytics across the institution and addressing the to-be-expected resistance of some staff and faculty that he sees emerging. He notes: […]

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A Call to Action for Student Success Analytics

A Call to Action for Student Success Analytics

“Optimizing student success should be Institutional Priority #1. Effective change management should be deployed to execute this strategy and build the organizational capacity required for its success.” – Baer and Norris Just as every change initiative requires a project plan, so determining how to optimize student success requires a plan. Leveraging analytics to optimize student […]

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The Benefits of Design Thinking in a Guided Pathways Model

The Benefits of Design Thinking in a Guided Pathways Model

As we continue our conversations about the Guided Pathways approach for colleges and universities we’ll see three elements surfacing in the conversations: 1. Providing clear road maps to students’ end goals. 2. Creating on and off ramps for their success. 3. Ensuring that advising is embedded and tracked so that we as faculty and staff […]

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Change Management & the Small Institution – One Leader’s Story

Change Management & the Small Institution – One Leader’s Story

One of the real joys of doing the work I do is engaging with institutions across the broad spectrum of U.S. higher education: large and small; urban and rural; two-year and four-year; open and selective; public, private, and proprietary. Learning how each is working to build a data-informed culture is immensely helpful in distilling what […]

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In Search of the Exceptional

In Search of the Exceptional

Student success is a complicated thing. It seems this whole human experience is rather complicated, and yet for some reason we seem to sometimes think that helping students succeed in higher education will be an easy undertaking. As the academy embraces a growing mandate of diversification, we find that the old ways of thinking about […]

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Six Things You Want to Know about Change Management

Six Things You Want to Know about Change Management

  This is the second in a five-part series on change management. In researching, writing, and trying to lead change, I’ve come to appreciate the critical value of six things. These observations have come after many years of observing change initiatives. Too often, a great idea, grant opportunity, or the latest new thing arrives on […]

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The Role of Change Management in Student Success

The Role of Change Management in Student Success

  This post is the first in a five-part series on change management from Dr. Baer. Please check back in the weeks ahead for additional conversations on this topic. “The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without […]

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Creating a Truly Data-Informed Institutional Culture

Creating a Truly Data-Informed Institutional Culture

  When Alice asked, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” the Cheshire Cat replied “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” It is not just in Wonderland that this holds true. Much of the current literature about higher education speaks to the requirement […]

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Scaffolding Students

Scaffolding Students

  Supporting students is not a simple task. If your college is anything like the ones at which I have served, you have a multitude of initiatives on campus supporting students. Knowledge of which students need which supports, and when they need those supports, would be a great way to ensure every student has access […]

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