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BUILDING HIGHER—City University of New York students helped repair Puerto Rican homes struck by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Philanthropic and community initiatives give students the chance to gain credits along with invaluable experience. Here are three ideas institutions can adopt to encourage such efforts.

A closer look at the CUNY Service Corps’ Puerto Rico program

As assistant superintendent of curriculum and personnel with Howell Township Public Schools, Bruce Preston believes higher education institutions can benefit from the lessons he has learned.

If we embrace the potential learning opportunities and partnerships that emerge from the callout culture, we can mitigate unintended consequences, protect students and staff, and enhance the learning environment.

In years past, the general counsel, director of athletics, and compliance officer at a college or university could manage legal risks by focusing all efforts on avoiding NCAA violations and the costly investigations and potential penalties that accompany them.  That has now changed. As recent headlines attest, the risks are now multi-faceted and the regulatory issues facing an institution’s athletics department, such as NCAA or Title IX violations, increasingly overlap with issues involving criminal law.

Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros began their new roles at New Mexico State University in August, a move that marks the creation of the two positions to replace one.

Due to declining public funding for university institutions and the changing student population, Dan Arvizu and John Floros take the place of Chancellor and President Garrey Carruthers.

John McLaughlin is the managing director for Higher Education Practice at Gallagher Insurance. Elizabeth Carmichael is president of Carmichael Associates, which specializes in compliance and risk management.

Creating a comprehensive concussion management plan and following the changing nature of the insurance market relative to traumatic brain injury coverage are key.

IT leaders are easing concerns across campus about cloud migration—including security, accessibility and cost.

Diana Pisciotta, president of the Denterlein public relations agency, has counseled college and university leaders through dozens of crisis events.

Administrators walk a fine line when confronting the right to be heard. Establishing protocols can help limit the risk associated with free-speech issues. 

Schools are more transparent with employees to avoid second-guessing, but that doesn't mean revealing everything to everyone.

Gemmy Allen is co-coordinator of faculty management programs at North Lake College; Brett Welch is associate professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University; Kaye Shelton is associate professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University; and Pam Quinn is provost at LeCroy Center for Human Resources, all in Texas.

Determining employee engagement is the key. Highly engaged faculty will likely see opportunities, while disengaged faculty will focus more on limitations and may have a negative effect on student learning.

Scott Cowen, former president of Tulane University in New Orleans, is the author of Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In Winnebagos on Wednesday: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education, Scott Cowen shows how today’s university is evolving, and how to avoid losing sight of institutional strengths and values.

When we think of “media,” images of the press spring to mind. Instances of “fake news” wreaked havoc throughout the 2016 presidential election, and subsequent accusations of the same levied against news organizations from top officials have dominated news narratives ever since.

My primary goal as a journalism professor is to encourage students to be “media literate.” But as a professional communicator, I understand media literacy doesn’t end with being able to decipher whether a news story is true or false.

Over the summer, we visited Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, a bucolic campus surrounded by the splendid isolation of the Adirondack Mountains and blue necklace of lakes and rivers.

In a higher education landscape marked by a shrinking student population and increasing uncertainty, institutional longevity—if not short term survival—is top of mind for most. What many at-risk institutions fail to see, however, is that a primary focus on competition is a precarious survival strategy that more often than not, backfires. Cooperation, not competition is the way out.

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