Leadership in the Time of the Great Resignation

Much has been written about the Great Resignation; it is a phenomenon of profound significance. As leaders we need to look at ourselves, our own practices and peer/employee relationships, to clearly see the path forward. Month after month, the number of “quits” across industries and fields, including higher ed, continue to set new records. Clearly,…

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Artificial Intelligence to Assist, Tutor, Teach and Assess in Higher Ed

Higher ed has not been immune to the “Great Resignation.”  Many universities have long lists of open positions. We are on the cusp of filling some of those openings and more with cost-efficient, reliable, and effective Artificial Intelligence (AI). Higher education already employs artificial intelligence in a number of effective ways. Course and facilities scheduling;…

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Infrastructure Bill Passes + Build Back Better Act Gets Blocked | Policy Matters (December 2021)

Major Updates Infrastructure Bill Passes + Build Back Better Act Gets Blocked President Biden signed the Infrastructure Bill into law in the middle of November, with bipartisan support. The bill contained significant investments in broadband infrastructure and affordability, and ways in which institutions of higher education may receive grants for research or execution of climate…

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Google Enters Higher Ed in a Big Way

Two years ago, Google announced that it was launching a career certificate program that would provide all of the essentials to start a new career. The Google Career Certificate programs have exploded on the scene with millions of enrollments and expansion to community colleges. With lightning speed by higher ed standards, Google has conceived and launched a…

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The End of the “Traditional Students” as We Know Them

Demographics show that our society will become more diverse.  Students in the future will not only be more diverse by nature, but also by situation.  This might mean they have to balance work and family with education or that they have previously disengaged with a college. Over the past decade, colleges and universities struggled, yet…

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Higher Ed from Static to Dynamic

The numbers paint a clear picture of change in demand for higher education. Still unclear is if colleges will adapt from static schools to dynamic institutions in time to survive and thrive. Businesses are accustomed to changes in the marketplace. The demographics of customers and clients change through time. Products and services are constantly under scrutiny to…

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Higher Education’s Role in the Era of the Great Resignation

The numbers are startling. In the wake of deadly Covid infections, quarantines, and isolation, nearly three percent of the entire U.S. workforce resigned in the month of August alone. What is higher ed’s role re-shaping careers and lives? Hidden behind the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S., the failure of thousands of businesses, the pervasive…

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Build Back Better Act Gets Pared Down | Policy Matters (October 2021)

Major Updates Build Back Better Act Gets Pared Down President Biden and Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill has been pared down to $1.75 trillion in light of a lack of full Democratic party support for the larger amount, and no Republican votes expected. The bill retained measures to significantly fund climate change initiatives and other…

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Is the Metaverse Finally Emerging?

The Web is constantly evolving.  Emerging now is a more immersive 3D environment that features augmented reality (AU), virtual reality (VR), and persistent connections.  It is called the “Metaverse,” and it may transform online learning. Coming out of science fiction is the vision of a three-dimensional Web in which we all are connected virtually, wherever…

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Higher Ed: Short Term & Long Term

We are witnessing the remaking of higher education. Strategies for mainstream colleges and universities must change from the short term to the long term as large-scale collaboratives and huge corporations enter the field. The pandemic has accelerated trends that were already established in the past decade. Over the prior centuries, universities competed for students with…

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