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Pop-up higher ed courses respond to events in real time

February, 2018
TIMELY TOPIC—Students analyzed one another’s digital profiles in a pop-up class titled “Thriving in a Digital World” at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Campus IT members Erik Lightbod and Chris Lei (at podium) taught the free class, which offered students a single credit in fall 2017.

An the last few years, a handful of higher ed institutions have offered multisession “pop-up courses” that faculty can design quickly for students who want to earn credit for studying events in real time.

Jesuit Higher Learning in the 21st Century

February, 2018

Jesuit education in America has a distinguished history that is deeply rooted in faith and intellectual rigor.

Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing

January, 2018

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Slideshow of wall of recognition displays

January, 2018
The Alumni Spotlight wall at Thomas College in Maine features alumni who have achieved personal and professional success and who have led and served their communities. A rotating display created in 2016, it hangs in the main building across from the Professional and Career Development Office.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data.

Higher ed trend watch

January, 2018

“In the beginning, I was focused on developing systems and processes. Now, I see that role becoming more of a mentor and facilitator of performance improvement.”

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Keeping employees engaged while minimizing turnover is a crucial component of institutional success, but unfortunately many colleges and universities are hampered by a culture of disengagement. Recent studies have found that many faculty members and other employees feel they are not engaged with their work. How can higher ed leaders address this common challenge by actively transforming disengagement into engagement, keeping academic faculty and staff members on the job and helping them to support student and institutional success? 

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As higher education continues to feel pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency, campus IT environments are rapidly changing and the speed of cloud adoption is increasing. More schools are utilizing cloud technology to modernize systems, cut costs and analyze data to gain insights about more cost-effective ways to run the institution. But it is crucial that such an important decision is made strategically, and that cloud systems are adequately assessed to ensure they will meet the needs of the institution. 

The next generation of college students—Generation Z—has a variety of different expectations for higher education, particularly when it comes to the campus environment. Research has also indicated that Gen Z students have higher levels of anxiety and stress both entering and during college, which can significantly impact their likelihood of success.