By Melissa Morriss-Olson
IngenioUsMay 06, 2021
Through the Provost's Window. Supporting Change. Kristine Barnett.
In her latest IngenioUs blog post, Kristine Barnett asks us to think about how we can use our leadership roles and authority to help those around us navigate the change that is increasingly commonplace on nearly every college campus. A little support can go along way, suggests Barnett. Read more here.
Born to Teach: What Educators Can Learn from Bruce Springsteen
When Bruce Springsteen took to the stage at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA last week, it wasn't just a concert; it was a masterclass in engagement. For over three hours, 'The Boss' had an entire stadium hanging on to every chord, every lyric, every story. As an educator watching this performance unfold, Melissa Morriss-Olson couldn’t help but wonder: What if teachers could replicate even a fraction of that engagement in the classroom? Read her latest IngenioUs blog to learn what lessons she took away from this incredible experience. While classrooms might not have guitar solos or roaring crowds, the principles of engagement remain strikingly similar. Whether you’re a rock legend or an educator, it's all about connection, passion, and authenticity. Listen now to learn more.
Through the Provost's Window: Out of Office. Kristine Barnett
In her latest IngenioUs blog article, Kristine Barnett asks us to consider the value of stepping away from time to time. Even in the busiest of seasons, an occasional break may be essential for your professional well-being. And there are ways to do this that make your re-entry less stressful, counsels Barnett.
An Uncommon Success Story: Unity Environmental University President and CEO, Dr. Melik Khoury
In our final Season 4 episode, we speak with Dr. Melik Khoury about the remarkable reengineering he has led at Unity Environmental University. Khoury is an education entrepreneur whose blend of industry-disrupting vision, strategic financial planning, and managerial expertise has fostered sustainable growth in higher education for over 16 years. Under his leadership, Unity is beating the odds, growing from a small residential college serving fewer than 500 students a decade ago to 7,500-plus students today. During our conversation, Khoury unpacks the most essential building blocks that comprise his strategy including rethinking governance and restructuring the organizational and financial model to introduce what Khoury calls Sustainable Education Business Units—“SEBU” for short. Unity's enrollment boom and success at finding a niche in an increasingly competitive and crowded market are remarkable. Khoury's advice for leaders of other small private colleges? “Free your mind, and the rest will follow,” he says, quoting the lyric from the R&B group En Vogue, while adding a verse of his own: “Respect your history, but don’t get shackled by it.”
Preparing Your Campus for the Future of Online Learning. An IngenioUs Mini with Dave Allen.
Is your institution ready for all of the changes impacting online teaching and learning? In this new IngenioUs Mini episode, we speak with Bay Path University Senior Director of Learning Design and Educational Technology, Dave Allen about the upcoming Leading Edge Thinking webinar he is facilitating on July 19 from 12 - 1:15 pm (EST). Joined by a panel of leading e-learning thinkers and leaders, topics to be addressed include:
- What are the key forces shaping the future of online learning and why should this matter to your institution?
- How is the online learner experience changing and what can we expect going forward?
- What do campus leaders need to know so that online learners will be well supported?
- Are OPMs still a viable option? What do you need to know about the changing business model for OPMs?
- How might your campus best organize to support online learning in the future?
- Why are micro-credentials and alternate pathways an increasingly important strategy for colleges and universities?
- What opportunities and future trends might your campus leverage to broaden appeal and build enrollment?
All registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording following the event. Listen in for a brief overview of this free webinar and register here.
From Bowties to Neckties to Pearls. Reflections on Leadership as a First Woman President. Mary Karsten Surridge
Through the Provost's Window: A Leader in Every Seat. Kristine Barnett.
In her latest IngenioUs blog article, Kristine Barnett asks us to reflect on how we are doing with delegation and leadership strength spotting and cultivating. According to Barnett, we are more likely to achieve great things institutionally when we can mentor our team members to be adaptable leaders who know how to respond to what is needed in the moment. As she concludes: "Teams and organizations almost always function best when everyone knows what to do and how to lead from where they located in the institution. You and your campus are more likely to thrive when there is a leader in every seat."
Student Retention: The Campus Wide Approach. An IngenioUs Mini with Tim Culver and Lauren Way
With new student enrollment pressures on the rise, many college leaders are now looking at student retention as a critical means to ensure institutional health and viability not to mention student success. Along with data-informed planning comes the need to build cross-campus partnerships with faculty, staff, students, and a wide span of college departments. Effective advising, the use of key technology tools to understand, monitor, and communicate with students, tailored support services, and adjusting retention strategies based on inputs must all come into play. At our upcoming free Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar, scheduled for June 13 at 12 noon (EST), participants will hear from nationally renowned enrollment expert Dr. Tim Culver about the latest best practices for building a strong retention effort.
Webinar participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and Q&A to share their own experiences and ask questions about how to adjust, adapt, and apply cutting-edge strategies to their own institutions. All webinar registrants will receive a link to the recording following the webinar to share with colleagues. Listen to the companion recording with Dr. Lauren Way and Dr. Culver to hear key webinar highlights.
University as a Design Problem: Why is Change so Hard and What Makes Change Possible? A Conversation with Randy Bass and Ashley Finley
In this episode, we speak with Randy Bass, Vice President, Strategic Education Initiatives and Professor of English at Georgetown University, and Ashley Finley, Vice President for Research and Senior Advisor to the President at the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) about the course they co-teach at Georgetown: University as a Design Problem. This course approaches the problem of learning and education through the lens of “the university” (taken to mean any institutional form of higher education) with two questions as fundamental organizing principles: Why is change so hard? What makes change possible? During our conversation, these seasoned educators share important insights about how these key questions and course concepts such as the 'wicked problems mindset' have relevance for all campus leaders and decision-makers. They stress the importance of leadership and the creation of intentional space for thinking forward and asking important questions such as 'What's next?' 'What's riskier or more adventuresome?' How can we suspend some of our rules?' How can we incentivize our people to step out and do different, not just do more?'
Through the Provost's Window: Adjust Your Crown and Keep Walking. Kristine Barnett
No matter how seasoned you may be, this time of year can unmoor even the most balanced academic leaders. From last-minute requests to unanticipated campus conflicts and schedules that leave little time to breathe or think, this time of year can test the mettle of even the toughest among us. Do you have a plan for self-care to ensure you emerge on the other side with your resilience intact? Check out Kristine Barnett's latest IngenioUs blog where she shares her top strategies for practicing self-care.
A Call for Missional Moonshots in Educational Innovation: Dr. Bernard Bull, President, Concordia University (NE)
In this highly dynamic conversation, Bernard Bull shares his insights about everything from the importance of mission-informed innovation and understanding that innovation is not a one size fits all endeavor to building consensus and support for a new and creative effort, working through resistance to knowing when to move on, and what it takes to develop the mindset and capacity for educational innovation.
Dr. Bull is not new to educational innovation. He launched one of the earliest online high school programs in the 1990s, led many curricular innovations, studied and learned from over a hundred innovative learning organizations and products, and launched the first master's degree program built upon competency-based digital badges. Bull is the author of eight books including the highly popular Missional Moonshots: Insight and Inspiration for Educational Innovation (2016), he created the blog Etale, which eventually ranked as one of the top 50 education blogs on the Internet for almost a decade, created the Moonshot Edu Show podcast, served as CEO of Birdhouse Learning Labs, and has given well over 100 invited and keynote presentations throughout the United States and around the world.
From Revolution to Rescue to Revival: Leadership Lessons from Taking Over a College on the Brink of Closure. Sweet Briar College President Meredith Woo
When Meredith Woo took over as the president of Sweet Briar College in 2017, the nonprofit Virginia women’s institution was seen as a troubled place. Alumnae had wrestled the college back from the brink of closure, but it still faced financial issues, resulting in a warning from its accreditor. Understanding that there is no playbook for how to bring back a college from the brink of closure, Woo and her leadership team set out to create their own playbook. By leveraging Sweet Briar's historic missional strengths as a liberal arts women's college with a breathtakingly beautiful campus in Virginia, and with the extraordinary support of alumni and friends around the globe, the College has been revived and the recent projections for long-term viability are positive. During our conversation, Woo reflects on the experience of taking over a college in a catastrophic state. She shares her insights about finding opportunities for growth and innovation, what works, and why change always takes longer than you think it will.
Through the Provost's Window: Looking for Impactful Leaders with Kristine Barnett
In her latest IngenioUs blog article, Kristine Barnett asks us to consider what leadership attributes and approaches do we look for in building our teams. As Barnett's article makes clear, 'getting the right people on our bus' can be critically impactful for our own leadership effectiveness. She shares her top list for what she looks for when she hires and promotes to leadership roles and suggests good questions for us to consider in exploring our leadership expectations. Read here.
STEEP Futures for Higher Education: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley.
The challenges facing higher education are enormous. Some are known to us while others are not. For example, most higher ed leaders did not have the emergence of a global pandemic on their list of concerns even five years ago. And yet, a handful of futurists like David J. Staley did raise the possibility of a pandemic as something that higher education should be preparing for. What other significant trends are most likely to impact higher education and our own college and university campuses most immediately in the days ahead? Join us on April 26 for our monthly Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar as Staley shares his latest insights and teaches us all how to see the future.
Register here, All registrants will receive access to the webinar following the live presentation.
From MSPP to William James College, an Inspiring Story of Serendipity and Reinvention: William James College President Dr. Nicholas Covino
More than four decades ago, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) opened its doors to offer graduate education in psychology to students who wanted to make a real difference in their communities. Thanks to a postcard in the mail, MSPP was renamed William James College in 2015, after the father of modern, applied psychology and someone who embodied the roles of educator, innovator, advocate, and influencer—all roles that William James College students, faculty, and alumni embrace and embody today. Under the 20+ year leadership of Dr. Nicholas Covino, the College has grown from a single-department, financially troubled institution to one that now has multiple departments and offers specialty training and consultative services. During our conversation, Dr. Covino shares the school's turnaround story including his insights about leading during periods of change. An oft-quoted mental health advocate and spokesperson, Covino also offers valuable guidance for college and university leaders about how to respond to the burgeoning mental health crisis impacting scores of college students, faculty, and staff.
Knowledge Towns: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley
In a recent New York Times piece, the writer asks a critically important question: Colleges have been an important small-town lifeline--what happens when they shrink? In their hot-off-the-shelf new book, Knowledge Towns: Colleges and Universities as Talent Magnets, David J. Staley and Dominic D.J. Endicott suggest that this current scenario is an opportunity for such institutions to rethink and redefine their missions with their geographic place at the center. In Staley's most recent IngenioUs blog article, he describes what this might look like and offers that both the institution and the surrounding community have much to gain by partnering together to design a strategy for creative place-making.
Small College Champion: Lasell University President Michael Alexander
Through the Provost's Window: The Value of Mistake-Making with Kristine Barnett
We all make mistakes, every day, but do we take the time to reflect on what we might learn from those things that don't go as planned? In this month's IngenioUs blog article, Kristine Barnett advises us to take a few moments to reflect on our most significant mistakes. How was it handled? What did you learn? What did you do as a result? What would you have done differently? In many cases, what seems like a horrific mistake can serve as a bridge to a more positive outcome, if only we take the time to reflect and apply our learning going forward. Read more here.
The Three Great R's--Resignation, Retention, and Reorganization and How to Respond: An IngenioUs Mini with Dr. Laura De Veau
We’ve heard about the Great Resignation, but have we focused enough attention and strategy on the Great Retention and Reorganization? For transformational leaders in the higher education landscape, the great resignation affords institutions with something that they have traditionally lacked, namely, churn. While too much churn, or turnover, may be a cause of concern, transformational leaders can position their organization to be prepared for churn by accepting resignations, reorganizing for a student-centered approach to business, and developing a retention strategy. In this mini episode, Leading Edge Thinking webinar keynote presenter, Dr. Laura De Veau previews some of the key insights she will share on this topic. Use this link to register for the March 23rd free webinar.
An Agile Mindset as Institutional Super Power. Western New England University President Dr. Robert E. Johnson
Now in his fourth year as president of Western New England University in Western Massachusetts, Dr. Robert E. Johnson brings to the role unusually wide-ranging leadership experience and an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. During our conversation, President Johnson shares his vision for 'A New Traditional University,' as well as his thoughts about what colleges need to do to remain relevant and financially viable in the years ahead. He is particularly passionate about the value of an agile mindset. According to Johnson, "While the traditional organizational structure starts with the 'how are we going to do this' and then backs into the 'what', the agile organization starts with the 'what;' and when one starts with the 'what' the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations," says Johnson.
Universities as Geostrategic Assets. An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley
In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David J. Staley offers that we are 'witnessing today a newly-emerging geopolitical reality that will doubtless define the future of the university in the United States.' Citing William C. Kirby's latest book Empire of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2022), Staley suggests that the recent trend of weakening, dismantling and disinvesting in American higher education, occurring precisely when other world powers are retooling and building their universities has potentially dire consequences for America's geostrategic power.
Innovator, Challenge Seeker, and Problem Solver: A Conversation with Trailblazing Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal
Christina Royal made headlines when she was appointed as the first female, queer person of color president of Holyoke Community College in 2017. Dedicated to improving the world around her, she’s widely known as an innovator, challenge seeker, and problem solver. Under her leadership, the college has embarked on bold plans, new initiatives, and innovative policies to continue its legacy of affordable, quality education. During our conversation, Christine talks about what her trailblazing role means for HCC students. She also shares her insights about innovation and the importance of questioning everything including our deepest assumptions about who our institutions serve and why we exist.
The Rise of the Metaversity and the Transformation of Higher Education. An IngenioUs Mini with VictoryXR CEO Steve Grubbs
One of the most exciting and impactful opportunities available to colleges and universities now is the rapid rise of remote and online learning through Metaversities - higher education in the Metaverse. Join us for our upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar on February 23rd at 12:00 noon ET to learn more about exactly what the Metaverse is and how college leaders are taking advantage of this technology to improve the educational experience for their students and faculty. VictoryXR CEO, Steve Grubbs will lead a panel discussion with higher ed professionals who are using the Metaverse to enhance their students' educational experiences.
In this IngenioUs mini episode, Steve Grubbs shares a sneak peak into the upcoming webinar including what attendees can expect to learn. Register here for the webinar.
Through the Provost's Window: The Wisdom of Mentors with Kristine Barnett
In her latest IngenioUs blog post, Kristine Barnett shares her favorite nuggets of advice that she has received from trusted mentors and seasoned leaders over the course of her career. What are your favorite bits of advice? What is the advice that you find yourself sharing most often? If you are listening on Spotify, you can weigh in via the question box.
Leading, Innovation, and The Future of Learning: Dr. Sanjay Sarma
Renowned educator, author, and Internet of Things pioneer, Sanjay Sarma has been at the center of many of the most significant teaching and learning innovations during the past several years. As the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, Sarma led the development of MIT Open Learning, serving as its first director, dean, and vice president (until 2021). During our IngenioUs conversation, Sanjay shares his insights about where he thinks learning is headed, what learners and teachers can do to create the best conditions for what he calls 'effortful learning,' and what we can all learn from MIT's success in reframing problems to find innovative solutions.
Check out Sanjay's latest book, Grasp: The Science of Transforming How We Learn.
Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal. Rebecca Pope-Ruark
Faculty often talk about how busy, overwhelmed, and stressed they are. Unfortunately, these qualities are often seen as badges of honor in a capitalist culture that values productivity above all else. But for many college faculty, and women in particular, exhaustion and stress go far deeper than end-of-the-semester malaise.
According to this week's guest, burnout, a mental health syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress, is endemic to higher education in a patriarchal, productivity-obsessed culture. Author, coach, and seasoned academic Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark shares her own burnout experience, as well as what she's learned from collected stories of faculty in various roles and career stages, interviews with coaches and educational developers, and extensive secondary research to address and mitigate burnout. Pope-Ruark also shares her four pillars of burnout resilience: purpose, compassion, connection, and balance. Pope-Ruark is the author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal (2022) and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (2017). She is also the host of the podcast The Agile Academic.
Lessons in Turnaround Leadership and University Strengthening: Simmons University President Emerita Helen G. Drinan
When Helen G. Drinan assumed the presidency at Simmons University in 2008, the school was on a downward spiral. During her 12-year tenure, Simmons was transformed on just about every level resulting in a significant strengthening of the school's financial condition. Recently, Drinan came out of retirement to lead a similar turnaround effort at Cabrini University (PA) where she serves as Interim President. In our conversation, Drinan speaks candidly about what it takes to improve a college's financial performance and offers valuable guidance for other leaders on how best to navigate challenges and find and leverage opportunities.
Through the Provost's Window: Crisis Management 101 with Kristine Barnett
Chances are, you’ve faced a campus crisis. In fact, it’s possible that some of you are dealing with one right now or have one brewing and just don’t know it. Whether classified as minor, major, or catastrophic, crises of all magnitudes are unavoidable for the higher ed leader. In case of crisis, do you know who to call, and what steps to take on your campus? In her latest IngenioUs Through the Provost's Window blog article, Kristine Barnett shares her own experience along with some advice for a proactive strategy that will serve you well when you face that inevitable crisis. Read more here.
An IngenioUs Mini: Relationship-Building and the Intersection of Enrollment, Marketing, and Technology
To achieve your goals—to make your higher education institution sustainable even through calamities—you need to offer relevance to build relationships with people who will generate revenue for you. Your livelihood as an institution depends on your meaningful exchanges with a wide array of audiences—and individual constituents—every day. These exchanges are your tools to build relationships that, in turn, build sufficient trust that leads to transactions that build revenue. In this episode, we get a sneak peek into our January 25 Leading Edge Thinking webinar. Led by RHB professionals Rob Zinkan, EdD, Alex Williams, Erin Gore, and Ken Anselment, these seasoned practitioners will address how enrollment, marketing, and technology can come together for your institution to most effectively build these critical relationships. To register and receive a follow-up link to the webinar, see here.
The College of Human Flourishing: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley
In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David J. Staley asks whether the pursuit of happiness might be considered "higher learning?" Citing the work of economist, author, and academic Paul Anand, Staley wonders what might happen if we were to place human flourishing as the mission and purpose of a college education. Citing the rise in the number of college students experiencing mental health challenges, Staley makes a compelling case to consider a different and perhaps more enduring solution to a challenge that is on the minds of so many college and university leaders these days. Read more here.
Next Gen Leader and Changemaker Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams: Kaplan Educational Foundation Executive Director Nolvia Delgado
Twelve years after being accepted into the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF)’s highly selective Kaplan Leadership Program, first-generation college student Nolvia Delgado assumed the helm of the Foundation in May 2022 as its next leader: a living testament to the program’s mission of providing high-potential community college students with the opportunity to attend top four-year universities, and to become leaders in their professions and communities. In our conversation with this inspiring leader, Novia shares strategies that colleges and universities can adopt to better support first gen and underserved students in completing their education.
For the College Transfer Guide mentioned during this episode, see here.
Leadership Matters. Now More Than Ever. An IngenioUs Mini with Melissa Morriss-Olson, Ph.D.
The end of federal COVID relief funding is accelerating an already challenging operating reality for many colleges and universities. Our IngenioUs conversations over the past three years with more than 100+ college and university leaders make clear that the challenges are real and that good leadership matters. In her latest IngenioUs blog article, IngenioUs host, Melissa Morriss-Olson shares important takeaways from these conversations, concluding that there are a handful of things that the best leaders do that can be especially consequential right now. These practices can be adopted and harnessed by any leader who is looking to strengthen her institution’s readiness for the challenges ahead. To read the full article, see here.
Morriss-Olson's forthcoming book, Leadership for the Here and Now, draws from the IngenioUs podcast conversations to provide a guide to best higher-ed leadership practices for challenging times. Subscribe now to be notified about the book's publication and new IngenioUs content.
A Roadmap to Address Falling Enrollments and Shifting Markets. Start, Stop, or Grow? Gray Associates CEO and Founder Robert Gray Atkins
In his recently released book, Start, Stop, or Grow?: A Data-informed Approach To Academic Program Evaluation And Management, author, seasoned executive, and higher ed business consultant and innovator Bob Atkins offers a much-needed roadmap to help college leaders better manage their academic programs. According to Atkins and the many professionals who reviewed his book, there is a lot wrong with the current approach to academic program evaluation and management. For starters, the traditional approach often lacks data-informed decision-making tools and is mired in campus politics. In our conversation, Atkins unpacks his approach and shares the key questions that academic leaders need to ask about mission, markets, quality, and economics. With analytics as a centerpiece, he suggests that the best approach respects faculty governance and seeks faculty buy-in. For any leader concerned about falling enrollments and shifting markets, this episode is a must.
Rethinking the World of College with Howard Gardner and Wendy Fischman
In their recent book, 'The Real World of College,' co-authors Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner, both recognized authorities on education and learning, argue that higher education in the United States has lost sight of its primary purpose. Drawing from in-depth interviews with more than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, administrators, parents, trustees, and others representing ten widely variant institutions, their findings are surprising and important. In our conversation, Fischman and Gardner discuss the findings and offer their recommendations for how every college can increase 'higher ed capital' which they suggest will better help students think well and broadly, express themselves clearly, explore new areas, and be open to possible transformations. To access the Project Zero resources mentioned during the interview, see here.
Strengthening Your Culture IQ: An IngenioUs Mini with Kristine Barnett
In her latest ingenious blog post, Columbia College (SC) Provost Kristine Barnett reminds us about the importance of really getting to know the institution's culture, especially when we are in a new role on a new campus. As the renowned management consultant Peter Drucker was fond of saying, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." Even the most skilled leaders can get tripped up by misreading or misunderstanding the campus culture. What can a new leader do? Check out her article here for valuable guidance on strengthening your culture IQ.
Transformative Change Leadership--Not for the Faint of Heart. An IngenioUs MIni with Wallace Pond
Register here for the webinar. December 14, 2022, 12:00 PM (ET). All registrants receive the webinar recording after the event.
Capital of the Mind: An IngenioUs Mini with David Staley.
In his latest IngenioUs blog article, historian, futurist, and CHELIP Faculty Fellow for Innovation, David J. Staley prompts us to consider the value of a liberal arts education. Staley draws from two recent seminal studies, one by Richard A. Detweiler that analyzed the liberal arts-related educational experienced and the adult behaviors of 1,000 graduates and the other, by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner that surveyed and interviewed stakeholders from a variety of colleges and universities; importantly, both studies provide evidence for the impact and value of the college experience well beyond the rhetoric that links education and job preparation that is so in vogue today.
A Turn to Learning. Why it Matters Now More Than Ever: Edward Maloney and Joshua Kim
As higher education struggles to recenter teaching and learning in the face of ongoing disruption and uncertainty, we could think of no one better to check in with than Edward Maloney and Joshua Kim. Often cited for their unique perspectives about online higher education, Maloney and Kim are the go-to experts for higher education learning and digital innovation. The co-authors of “Learning Innovation and The Future of Higher Education” and "The Low-Density University: 15 Scenarios for Higher Education" join us for a wide ranging conversation about COVID's teaching and learning legacy, the current state of learning innovation, the future of teaching and learning, what they wish they could tell presidents about how to improve student learning and what new innovations they are most excited about.
Joshua Kim is the director of online learning programs and strategy at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning and a senior fellow at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. Edward Maloney is a professor of English at Georgetown University, where he is the executive director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship and the founding director of the graduate program in learning, design, and technology.
Leading from a Place of Optimism and Hope: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
During our conversation, Dr. Tatum recommends the book, Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides (2022) by Geoffrey L. Cohen as well as The Intergroup Dialogues Program (IDP) at the University of Michigan.
IngenioUs Mini: The Provost’s Window. A New View on Academic Leadership
Kristine Barnett, Ed.D is a career-long educator and academic administrator who often has a unique perspective on all aspects of academic leadership. Dr. Barnett has cobbled together a career at a variety of institutions that have afforded her several different scenic vistas. For the most part, her leadership has been focused on small, private, liberal arts women’s (or former women’s) colleges. Barnett is new to her position as a Provost/VP of Academic Affairs at an independent liberal arts college in the southeast, affording her a new window and a new view. This is the first blog in a new monthly series hosted by IngenioUs, an initiative of The Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practice at Bay Path University (CHELIP).
In her spare time, Dr. Barnett serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Bay Path University Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership program.
An IngenioUs Mini: Building a Robust Admissions Pipeline through Student Engagement Across the Funnel with Andrea GIlbert and Ken Huus
In this episode of an IngenioUs Mini, Bay Path University Professor of Higher Education, Dr. Lauren Way, speaks with two highly seasoned enrollment professionals about their upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Webinar. Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) Executive Vice President of Client Success, Andrea Gilbert and Vice President and Senior Consultant, Enrollment, Ken Huus share a sneak peak into their upcoming webinar during which they will share best practices when building a robust pipeline to engage students, grow/shape enrollment, and increase net revenue. Important takeaways include learning about new approaches, innovative strategies, and why investing in your brand and engagement has never been more important!
To learn more join us on November 15, 2022 | 12 P.M.EST | Register Today
A Vision of Leadership for the Here and Now: Scott Wyatt and Wallace Pond
The current volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) external operating environment for nearly all colleges and universities combined with incredibly complicated organizational and human capital realities, demand a far different set of leadership skills, traits, and abilities than in the past. In this episode, we speak with two seasoned higher ed leaders who have experienced the challenges firsthand. In our conversation, Scott Wyatt and Wallace Pond share their insights about what's not working with the current models of leadership and offer a vision of leadership for the here and now.
The Entrepreneurial University: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley
In his most recent IngenioUs blog post, historian, futurist, and CHELIP Faculty Fellow for Innovation, David J. Staley reviews two important books that shed light on the promise and peril of entrepreneurial activity within the academy. His closing question is compelling: "Does the university have the capacity—either deliberately or surreptitiously—to redesign itself as the generator of new epistemological forms?" Read more here and let us know what you think.
Lessons in Leadership Resilience: Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire
In this episode of IngenioUs, President McGuire speaks candidly about how she led the transformation of Trinity, the leadership principles that she has learned, and advice she has for other leaders, as they're looking to lead their organizations through transformation and why she believes women’s colleges are more important than ever.
Introducing Season 4
Roadmap for Higher Education Redesign and Future Proofing: PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and Board of Governors Chair Dr. Cynthia Shapira
In response to a frightening array of challenges facing public higher education nationally and acutely concentrated in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) undertook an innovative and bold redesign to fundamentally transform education and business models. Launched in 2017, the multi-phase, System redesign focused on 3 goals: 1) advance student success; 2) leverage universities’ strengths as a system; and 3) enhance “systemness” through accountability and governance. In support of the effort, the Board of Governors established metrics-based expectations for each university’s financial stability, transparency, accountability, and sustainability.
With two phases completed, early results are stunning. In this first episode of Season 4, we sit down with PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and PASSHE Board of Governors Chair Dr. Cynthia Shapira to learn the backstory for this unprecedented effort. Dan and Cindy speak candidly about what it takes to pull off a change effort of this magnitude including the importance of having an effective governance and leadership team, data driven decision making, and an unwavering student-first commitment. Early success markers include the integration of six Universities to create two new powerhouse regional Universities and a a historic state funding increase of $75 million (16 percent) to $552.5 million in the 2022-23 state budget.
Fold: Fear of Looking Different with David J. Staley
Of all the problems facing the higher education sector today, the lack of differentiation may be the root cause of many of them. Too many colleges and universities look like every other college and university, offering similar degrees, similar student services, similar athletic opportunities, their faculty publishing in the same journals and attending the same conferences. As the size of the undergraduate student market shrinks—as we now live through the long-predicted “demographic cliff”—the same institutions desperately chase a share of an ever-shrinking market. Perhaps rather than defining the problem as a lack of differentiation, we might instead call it “the drift toward uniformity.”
In David J. Staley's new IngenioUs blog article, he suggests that this steady move toward uniformity is driven by 'FOLD: “fear of looking different” from every other college or university.' And rather than protecting our institutions from the headwinds, Staley cautions that an increasingly standardized model may actually heighten our vulnerability to disruption. Listen here to learn more.
Stretching the Rubber Triangle: How to Improve Quality of Learning, Equitable Access, and Affordability with Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann
It’s an easy assumption to make: improving access must necessarily degrade quality. Enhancing quality always costs more money, increasing the cost of education. These beliefs have been called the Iron Triangle of Higher Education. However, a number of institutions have been demonstrating over recent years that institutional outcomes of quality, access, and even affordability can be improved simultaneously. In this IngenioUs mini, Bay Path University professor of higher education leadership, Dr. Lauren Way speaks with Dr. Stephen Ehrmann about his upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education seminar on this very important topic. Listen in to leanr more about what insights Dr. Ehrmann will be sharing in the webinar.
Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann is an independent scholar and the author of Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field Guide to Improving Higher Education (Stylus). His book provides a practical, and long-view guide to implementing transformative educational change across an entire institution and ultimately, US higher education as a whole. Dr. Ehrmann is a former grant-maker, consultant, and vice provost for teaching and learning at George Washington University, and has served as Program Officer for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and as Director of Educational Research and Assistance.
To register for this free event, scheduled for July 21, 2022 at 12:00 noon (ET) see here.
Bay Path University HELOS Faculty Interview: A Conversation with Dr. Kristine Barnett
In this mini episode of IngenioUs, we speak with Bay Path University EdD Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Studies faculty, Dr. Kristine Barnett. Listen in to hear Dr. Barnett's perspective about what makes the HELOS unique and what students can expect to experience in her classroom.
Top 5 Issues on the Minds of Higher Ed Leaders Right Now: What's On Your Radar?
At the conclusion of every IngenioUs conversation, we ask our guests what’s on their radar right now? What is top of mind? What keeps them up at night? As seasoned higher ed professionals and thought leaders, the responses suggest that higher education is indeed undergoing a sea wave of change. Depending upon where one’s institution is situated, the impact clearly varies. Even still, there are commonalities that emerged across nearly all of our Season 3 conversations. In our final episode for the year, our IngenioUs host, Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson and Bay Path University EdD in Educational Leadership program coordinator and professor, Dr. Mela Dutka unpack these common themes, adding their own insights about this important moment, what lies ahead, and why it matters.