Articles: Leadership

01/2014

The challenges for executives operating state-wide higher education Systems and the flagship research universities within those Systems have grown more baffling with each passing year. From UMass and UNC to LSU, Wisconsin, and Oregon, we hear regularly about frustrated and embroiled leadership.

01/2014

Universities, research institutions, academics and scientists have increasingly been under the bright light scrutiny of the legal system. While not unprecedented for courts and litigators to pull questions of science and research into the courtroom, public debates and high stakes litigation have recently forced some academics and scientists to center stage.

01/2014

As a frontline supervisor in Facilities Management, I often think about succession planning in our various organizations across the globe. I ask myself a lot of questions like; what would happen if our director won a million dollars or was offered that ultimate dream job? What would happen if our management team decided to relocate to other institutions?

01/2014

Spencer Parker had a plan: Take his high school volleyball stardom to college, spend a couple of years at a smaller school to develop his academic and athletic skills, then move on to a larger setting.

01/2014

Innovation in higher education often involves change, but for many people, that is an unnerving prospect. “UBTech is a conference about technology, but technology is only half the answer,” says Karlyn Borysenko, leadership content director at Eduventures, who will co-present with Eduventures analyst Brian Fleming in a featured session at UBTech 2014.

12/2013
Leon Botstein says of college admissions: “It’s not an objective process. It’s completely subjective.”

Bard College in New York made news last fall when President Leon Botstein announced that prospective students would no longer be required to submit their grades, SAT or ACT scores, teacher recommendations or the typical personal essay.

12/2013

In today’s competitive higher education market, colleges and universities must prove the value of the degrees they bestow to graduates each year. Traditional measures, such as graduation rates, grade point averages, and cohort default rates, have become only a few of the ways colleges and universities are evaluated.

12/2013
Jim Clements will become president of Clemson on Jan. 1, after five years leading West Virginia.

Jim Clements will begin his tenure as the 15th president of Clemson University (S.C.) on Jan. 1. He announced his departure back in November as president of West Virginia University after five years in office. Under his leadership, WVU set records in private fundraising, enrollment and research funding. He helped raise nearly $1 billion for capital improvements.

11/2013
Shirley Reed is the founding president of South Texas College.

As the founding president of South Texas College, Shirley Reed has had her share of challenges in an area of high poverty with many families, recently immigrated from Mexico, who might only dream of sending a child to college.

11/2013

For the first time in history, a woman has been appointed to chair the Federal Reserve—among the most important economic policy-making positions in the world. In her new role as the Fed Chair, Janet Yellen now faces the dual challenges of mitigating post-2008 monetary policies, while stimulating economic growth and reducing unemployment—all that in the midst of a “jobless recovery.”

11/2013

In my experience as president of a university where liberal arts and professional programs serve as complements, I have found that engaging students—both before they arrive on campus, and while they are completing their studies—is vital to creating the overall college experience that students are seeking.

11/2013

From the perspective of a retired university president, the expressions of concern from most of America’s higher education leaders about President Obama’s proposed “Plan to Make College More Affordable” are a lot like looking a gift horse in the mouth.

11/2013

Mission accomplished. After a rigorous recruiting and hiring process, the new dean, president, chancellor or other key senior administrator is now onboard. All well and good? Not quite… Challenged by high expectations and a sense of urgency to hit the ground running, newly appointed leaders are prime candidates for performance derailment even on day one.

10/2013
William G. Bowen is the founding chairman of ITHAKA, a nonprofit organization focused on technology.

William G. Bowen is a name familiar to anyone who works in higher education today. Bowen was president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988, and president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he served for nearly 20 years.

10/2013
College presidents are using Twitter to interact with students and faculty.

College presidents, don’t worry—yet—if you only have three Twitter followers.

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