Benchmark This!

A Blog on Latest Trends Impacting Marketing and Higher Education
from Director of UPCEA's Center for Research and Strategy, Jim Fong

Investing in Future Talent: Results of Staffing Needs Snap Poll

September 3, 2021

With society adapting to a second year of the pandemic, institutions of higher education struggle to find a place of strength in a quickly transforming economy. For obvious reasons, many colleges and universities are banking on a full recovery of demand for undergraduate and graduate degrees and the robustness of the campus experience. Those that…

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[Snap Poll Results] Retention and Persistence

July 19, 2021

It is clear that higher education will face a number of challenges over the next decade as the pandemic has accelerated a number of technological, societal and economic trends. Further complicating the matters for institutions of higher education in the U.S. is the fact that demographic trends show an upcoming decade of declining traditional students.…

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[Study Results] Non-Credit to Credit Pathways

June 28, 2021

Our recent study on non-credit to credit pathways, sponsored by MindEdge, revealed that while institutions recognize the value of these pathways, most colleges and universities have not yet implemented these routes to a degree. These pathways are prescribed avenues that translate non-credit achievements into credit toward a degree. Non-credit to credit pathways ensure that each…

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[Snap Poll Results] Future Topics

June 9, 2021

Experiencing a pandemic was new ground for all of us. A new economy was also emerging and as a result of the pandemic, accelerated many industries and dampened others. As a result, higher education clearly was impacted, but must adapt and pivot to align with new business and consumer trends. As professional, continuing and online…

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The Domino Effect: Pandemic Impacts to Higher Education that will Ultimately Reach PCO

May 27, 2021

For the past 15 months, colleges and universities have had a difficult time looking beyond the everyday issues on their campuses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Past predictions and forecasts are no longer relevant as a result. To financially survive the pandemic, colleges and universities had to quickly embrace and deploy different technologies,…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Fong, UPCEA

Lead consultant Jim Fong, the founding director of UPCEA’s Center for Research and Strategy, has extensive background in marketing at Penn State, as well as experience in private industry. Jim brings a rich understanding of the dynamics driving today’s higher education leaders, providing research-driven strategy and positioning. Jim often presents at UPCEA’s regional and national conferences, sharing vital information with attendees.

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