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Food for Thought - Race to the Top for Higher Ed

President Obama would like to create incentives for states to smooth the transition between K-12 and college education--a program to build upon his Race to the Top program for K-12.  How is your institution working with the K-12 sector to improve the transition between secondary and post-secondary school?

Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed.
Source: Education Week
Date: 1/27/12
The White House wants another Race to the Top com...

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Food for Thought - Online Education Growing at Rapid Pace

As the number of online courses and programs proliferate, student demand for online courses continues to grow. Keeping pace with demand and delivering online education cost effectively remain key challenges for institutions.  What strategies are your institution using to address these challenges and ensure the quality of your online education programs?

Online enrollment in US exceeds 6 million students
Source: Babson College News Release
Dat...

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Food for Thought - The Student Success Data Challenge

As money flows from public and private sources into higher education to address student success and completion challenges, many institutions are looking at solutions to help them better understand and act upon student risk factors.  However, the rapid adoption of new analytical tools raises concerns over how data is being used and whether schools are using funds effectively to move the needle. What strategies or approaches are your institution u...
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Food for Thought - Competing for Students in a Down Economy

The enrollment surge fueled by the recession and a slow job market recovery may be coming to an end.  As competition for students grows, what approaches are your institution taking to attract, enroll, and retain students as many continue to face economic hardship?

 A New Brand
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Date: 10/2/11
David R. Perry could probably land a marketing executive job at a Fortune 500 company. But this fall Perry began his new job as...

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Food for Thought - On the cutting edge of social media...

It is not often that higher education leads the corporate world in technology adoption, but a recent study shows that in fact, higher education institutions are leaders when it comes to using social media to communicate with a new generation of students. Institutions aroung the globe are using social media to reach students in an increaingly competitive environment.  How is your institution leveraging social media to communicate effectively with...
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Food for Thought - Scaling back on financial aid...

Just a few years after elite universities led the way in significantly expanding financial aid, the same universities, under increasing financial pressure, are starting to scale back. How will financial aid cuts impact recruitment and enrollment at your institution?

What to Do as Colleges Cut Back on Financial Aid
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date: 2/23/11
Amid greater financial pressures, colleges are scaling back their ...

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Food for Thought - The Community College Conundrum...

Community colleges are under mounting pressure to serve a growing number of students despite declining public financial support.  The challenges of providing open access to a diverse student population require new and innovative solutions in order to realize the goals of Obama’s Completion Agenda. However, recent experiments and investments in addressing student success issues are having only a minor impact on student outcomes, proving how diffi...
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Food for Thought - Moving the needle on graduation rates...

Even as enrollments climb, graduation rates remain flat. As institutions come under more pressure to raise graduation rates, many must look for creative ways to help students manage multiple and competing priorities.  Student services like advising are in higher demand than ever.  How can institutions add capacity to critical student services?

College Enrollments Continue to Climb, While Grad...

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Food for Thought - A new year, a new round of state budget cuts in higher education

Higher education budgets face further cuts  as state legislatures work to close huge budget shortfalls. In hard hit states like California, public institutions will likely face a new wave of budget cuts on top of double-digit cuts made over the last several years, while other states are being forced to cut even the most successful scholarship programs.  What must institutions do to address these new economic realities?

California's...

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Recording Now Available for Course Signals: Early Intervention System Webinar

Click here to view the recorded session and learn how Course Signals can help your faculty identify students who are struggling in a course as early as week two and deliver the capabilities they need to provide timely, effective advice to help keep your students on track.