22 10, 2018

The Integrated Advancement Organization – Getting Ready for the Next Phase of Change

By |2018-12-12T19:46:08+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Whitepaper|0 Comments

October 2018 The modern higher education “advancement organization” has been evolving since the 1970s as development, alumni relations and communications have become increasingly integrated, yet in widely varying structures with no clear “one size fits all.” The trend toward “engagement” over the past decade linked these “three legs of the advancement stool” more closely and [...]

31 08, 2018

Spotlight: “Strategic Plan Q and A” with Dr. Keith S. Carver Jr., Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin

By |2018-12-12T19:44:28+00:00August 31st, 2018|Higher Education|0 Comments

August 2018 "Strategic planning served as a catalyst for momentum, differentiation, impact and increased trust among our stakeholders." In the first year after Dr. Keith S. Carver Jr. became Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, he engaged the campus community in a strategic planning process. We talked with him about "Prepare for Takeoff," [...]

8 06, 2018

Risk Assessment: An Emerging Imperative in Higher Education Strategic Plans

By |2018-09-05T21:38:52+00:00June 8th, 2018|Whitepaper|0 Comments

June 2018 “Risk assessment and compliance” have typically governed strategic plans for businesses but, until recently, the concepts have not permeated strategic planning processes for colleges and universities. Broadened from the traditional association with internal audit finance and operations, enterprise risk management (ERM) offers a more precise lens for higher education executives and boards of [...]

24 05, 2018

Advancing Institutional Strategy: Transforming Strategic Communications in Higher Ed

By |2018-05-24T17:21:23+00:00May 24th, 2018|Whitepaper|0 Comments

May 2018 Download the PDF University and college presidents and CEOs face an array of disruptive forces today as technologies, markets and customer expectations rapidly change. The institutions that are poised to thrive in uncertain times are shaking up administrative and educational models to be more relevant, differentiated and competitive. Declines in numbers of [...]

21 03, 2018

Global Engagement – University of Miami Alumni Association’s New Strategic Plan

By |2018-05-24T16:13:34+00:00March 21st, 2018|Alumni|0 Comments

Aligned with University of Miami President's visionary "Roadmap to Our New Century," the University of Miami Alumni Association's 2018-2025 strategic plan establishes priorities for alumni involvement in the institution's emerging future across geographic, cultural, and intellectual borders. The alumni association will focus on strengthening alumni engagement across four areas - global network, developing a pipeline of [...]

2 01, 2018

Trends in Alumni Relations

By |2018-04-14T02:09:41+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Whitepaper|0 Comments

January 2018 Download the PDF At a time of major change for alumni associations, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and there are numerous legacy issues related to traditional approaches practiced over decades. Yet in this context, alumni associations are rethinking and, in some cases, radically changing, their longstanding models for programs and services, [...]

20 11, 2017

AI: The Present & Future of Business & Organizational Life

By |2019-02-26T19:48:58+00:00November 20th, 2017|Whitepaper|0 Comments

November 2017 There is no doubt artificial intelligence (A.I.) is playing a greater role in business in a variety of sectors than ever before. “[A.I.] is not the future of the workplace, it is the present and happening now,” according to Forbes. A.I. investment also continues to grow: worldwide revenues for cognitive and A.I. systems [...]

10 11, 2017

New York Times Op-Ed: Let’s Waste College on the Old

By |2017-11-10T21:04:54+00:00November 10th, 2017|Clients|0 Comments

For the second year in a row, San Francisco's Golden Gate University is named the Top-Ranked University for Adult Learners by Washington Monthly. Here's what the New York Times had to say about GGU's longstanding educational leadership for what is now the fastest-growing segment of higher education: "Golden Gate should be a model for how other [...]

30 10, 2017

Hospice Secures Its Role as Health Care Needs Rise

By |2017-11-13T15:30:57+00:00October 30th, 2017|Business|0 Comments

The volatile health care environment has challenged health-related community nonprofits to take a hard look at their business side, set mission-focused priorities, adapt organizations and systems for financial sustainability and where possible, diversify services to meet new expectations. Hospice care is no exception. Unlike their origins in the U.S. in the mid-1970s, hospices today offer [...]

15 10, 2017

UC-Irvine Redesigns Collaboration Model for Student Success

By |2018-10-05T18:39:48+00:00October 15th, 2017|Higher Education|0 Comments

How does an innovative undergraduate education program redesign itself for the next generation of students and reposition its services across the university? The University of California-Irvine's Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning answered this challenge in its new five-year strategic plan that began implementation in the fall of 2017. Formed in May [...]

30 09, 2017

Grimmway Academy Expands its Educational Model for Rural Underserved Youth

By |2017-11-11T01:42:14+00:00September 30th, 2017|Clients|0 Comments

Six years ago, Grimmway Schools in California's Central Valley launched a new learning model blending academics, nutrition and wellness in the education of youth underserved rural communities. Today, with edible schoolyards and kitchens as part of the educational experience, Grimmway Schools is a growing network of high-performing K-8 college-prep charter schools in Kern County, a [...]

20 09, 2017

A New Era for Public Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State

By |2017-10-12T23:55:33+00:00September 20th, 2017|Higher Education|0 Comments

F. Javier Nieto, new Dean of the College of Public Health & Human Sciences (CPHHS) at Oregon State University, described his college's strategic planning project in an all-college meeting on September 19, 2017. "Our students and their success is our greatest responsibility and strength. Our research on complex health challenges is our primary contribution to [...]

14 09, 2017

Saint Mary’s College of California – One of the “Best in the West”

By |2017-10-11T23:50:42+00:00September 14th, 2017|Higher Education|0 Comments

For the third year in a row, Saint Mary’s College of California has been listed as one of the top 10 best regional universities in the West in the just released 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The College was also ranked 19th for Best Value for Western regional universities, fifth in [...]

19 07, 2016

BizFlow’s New Brand Supports Strategic Repositioning

By |2017-11-28T19:39:42+00:00July 19th, 2016|Business|0 Comments

BizFlow, which delivers Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, has announced a new tag line, “Be Efficient,” to advance its overall corporate brand. “We wanted to send a clear, succinct, message to customers about the value proposition we bring to the marketplace,” the company announced. “Our people matched with our great technology solve complex business processing [...]

15 06, 2016

Public Higher Education 2016: Overview of Top Issues

By |2018-03-12T20:20:22+00:00June 15th, 2016|Higher Education, Whitepaper|0 Comments

June 2016 Most Agree That Education Is More Valuable Than Ever, But Dynamic Change Continues to Bring Complex Challenges Higher education is in the spotlight this year, thanks to the presidential election’s focus on cost and affordability, and if there is one issue that thought leaders and educators can agree on, it’s the need for [...]

15 06, 2016

Disruptive Forces Impacting Higher Ed – Lessons for Philanthropy

By |2018-03-12T20:24:52+00:00June 15th, 2016|Whitepaper|0 Comments

June 2016 After a few years of a “new normal” following the Great Recession, disruptive forces with evident or potential impacts on higher education are reemerging in the headlines. Certain developments, such as growth in online education or experiments with new business models, never disappeared, and these and other disruptive forces today are presenting perhaps [...]

15 02, 2016

Independent Schools Chart Their Futures with Strategic Thinking

By |2017-11-28T19:24:04+00:00February 15th, 2016|Whitepaper|0 Comments

February 2016 Private independent schools for elementary and secondary students have been central to the United States' educational continuum as long as higher education has existed, but there is nothing “old school” about the environment they find themselves in today. Once identified with elite education, provided by both secular and religious organizations, models of independent [...]

30 09, 2015

A Presidential Leadership Index: Lessons Learned for Higher Education

By |2017-10-05T20:59:52+00:00September 30th, 2015|Whitepaper|0 Comments

September 2015 The headlines this spring and summer in higher education have captured the steady drumbeat of challenges: supporters sued to block the closing of Sweet Briar College – and after weeks of litigation won, despite questions about its future. Louisiana and Wisconsin legislatures entertained $300 million in cuts to their public university systems. [...]

1 08, 2015

CASE Engages Members Globally to Set a 5-Year Roadmap

By |2017-09-28T22:56:45+00:00August 1st, 2015|Higher Education|0 Comments

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has launched a year-long strategic planning process. In their announcement, CASE President Sue Cunningham and Board Chair Mike Goodwin said “this vitally important project will help CASE define our vision and aspirations for the next 10 to 15 years and create an initial five-year roadmap to [...]

30 03, 2015

Relationship Building in a Digital World – Lessons from Business for Alumni Engagement

By |2017-10-12T00:10:41+00:00March 30th, 2015|Alumni|0 Comments

March 2015 Satisfied customers today expect information and interactions on-demand, personalized and simple, thanks to digital tools directed at “now,” “me” and “ease.” The massive changes in relationship-­building in a digital world are reflected in Millennials’ behavior, for example. As 27 percent of the population, Millennials check their smartphones an average of 43 times [...]

31 01, 2015

Trends and Best Practices in Alumni Associations

By |2017-10-05T20:54:51+00:00January 31st, 2015|Higher Education|0 Comments

January 2015 Trends and Best Practices in Alumni Associations 1. Alumni organizations are focusing their efforts on market-related activities that have greatest impact, increasingly relying on market information and data to segment programs and create value-centric relationships with their alumni. The result is a shift toward lifetime relationships through a lifecycle model [...]

31 01, 2015

Practices and Trends in Alumni Communications

By |2017-10-05T20:44:10+00:00January 31st, 2015|Higher Education|0 Comments

Best Practices & Trends in Alumni Communications   1. Alumni associations have reshaped themselves in the past decade to deliver market-focused programs, and strategic communications approaches and plans are central to their ability to reach their multiple audiences for all activities and build and foster relationships. Increasingly associations are rebranding themselves as [...]

15 11, 2014

Mike Goodwin Honored for Distinguished Fundraising

By |2017-09-20T21:06:43+00:00November 15th, 2014|Higher Education|0 Comments

Mike Goodwin, who is nationally recognized for his fundraising expertise, was named the 2014 recipient of the Allan Price Award for Distinguished Service to the Fundraising Profession by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. With more than 39 years of experience in institutional advancement, Goodwin is president and CEO of the [...]

2 07, 2014

The Napa Group and BoardSource Form a Strategic Alliance

By |2017-10-05T20:44:23+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Non-Profits|0 Comments

The Napa Group is pleased to announce that it is working with BoardSource, the only organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on nonprofit governance practices, to expand board leadership and governance expertise to our clients. “As the dynamic changes in higher education require more productive partnerships between institutional leaders, faculty and boards, our relationship with [...]

2 07, 2014

Tulane School of Medicine Unveils Plan for Future Growth

By |2017-10-05T20:44:51+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Higher Education|0 Comments

Under the leadership of new dean and senior vice president Lee Hamm, MD, the Tulane School of Medicine has announced Vision 2020, the result of an intensive six-month strategic planning process. Vision 2020’s strategic priorities include expanding translational research, enhancing value in lifetime education and identifying other areas of distinction through cross-institutional collaborations between the [...]

2 07, 2014

“Regis Rising”- Rising to the Higher Education Market

By |2017-10-05T20:44:38+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Higher Education|0 Comments

The Board of Trustees of Regis University in Denver has approved key elements of the Jesuit institution’s strategic plan, including the formation of two new colleges to take advantage of market opportunities in the dynamic higher education market. The establishment of the college of Computer & Information Sciences involves combining academic units from Regis’ three [...]

2 07, 2014

Saint Mary’s College President Sets Vision For Future

By |2017-10-05T20:45:05+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Higher Education|0 Comments

President James A. Donahue, a theologian who is the first lay president of Saint Mary’s College of California, launched a comprehensive strategic planning process to position the college around a vital future of intellectual vibrancy, financial strength and innovation. Through a leadership driven, yet highly inclusive and collaborative process, this plan will integrate other major [...]

18 10, 2013

The New Path to Institutional Prestige – Fixing Higher Education’s Business Model

By |2017-10-25T00:18:25+00:00October 18th, 2013|Whitepaper|0 Comments

October 2013 As dependence on tuition revenue becomes patently shaky ground on which to sustain a college or university, the institutions taking the bold leap into new business models will be the ones realizing greater market share, stability and growth. More engaged boards are demanding fiscal approaches applied by successful businesses and built around [...]

15 08, 2013

Politics and Education: Position-Based Battles, But Where’s the Case for Reform?

By |2017-12-04T22:56:59+00:00August 15th, 2013|Whitepaper|0 Comments

The new academic year launches against the backdrop of clashes and compromises between state legislatures and public universities in recent months, much of it about money and educational policy. While some states provided short-term relief to struggling public institutions because of unanticipated tax revenues, in most cases the longer-term solutions about the big issues were [...]