• Tools to Help Exceptional Community College Leaders Be Hired: An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

    In 2013, the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program highlighted the “crisis and opportunity” that the relatively rapid aging of the average community college president and the imminent retirement of nearly 50% of them expected within the next five years or so.[1] As a follow-up to that research, we have just released a set of open-access hiring tools that hiring authorities – including boards of trustees, system heads, and others – can use to identify and hire those presidents with the...

  • The RP Group’s Student-Support Redefined Project and the CBD Design Principles

    “So it’s late September and I really should be back at school.” – Rod Stewart

    It is, in fact, late September, and I think that by now all of you have made it “back to school”, therefore breaking the chains of Maggie May’s influence from the Rod Stewart song.   Ok, that was a stretch, but it came up on Pandora while I was getting ready to write this!

    Last month we took a look at the themes from the Aspen Prize finalists, and how they were very consonant with the design...

  • Pathway Redesign: Competency-Based Education?

    “Competency-based education” (CBE) is one of the most ubiquitous buzz phrases in higher education today. But what it is and what it means for the student success and completion movement remains to be seen.  Most simply, “competency-based” is used to describe any model or approach that substitutes the assessment of student learning for seat-time measures when determining a learner’s progress toward a degree or credential. There are a few facts and trends that, when taken together, help...

  • Making the Most of Advising & Planning Technologies: A Tool for Colleges

    There is a growing consensus across the country that college students need more support to help them reach their academic and career goals. Integrated Planning and Advising Service technologies (IPAS)—with their capacity to leverage big data and create more coherence and coordination among services—are increasingly viewed by colleges as an efficient means to address this challenge.

    IPAS technologies enable students to better plan their path through college, and allow faculty and...

  • Lessons from the Aspen Prize & CBD

    Well, as crazy as it is to imagine, Fall is nearly upon us.  Not sure where the summer went (might have been 20+ cities of work travel for me, but still – way too quick...)

    Most of you on semester schedules are already back into Fall semester or are about to start – it’s always an exciting time.  I’m so glad to be part of a series of national initiatives such as CBD that play out on college campuses across the country – with the goal of making sure that increasingly higher numbers of...


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