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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

12 09, 2012

Shared Governance – A Platform for More Aggressive Change in Higher Education

By |2017-12-04T22:58:08+00:00September 12th, 2012|Whitepaper|0 Comments

It’s unquestionable that few industries in the United States have achieved global leadership as consistently as and effectively as our higher education system, the cornerstone of our economic prosperity and a vital part of the American dream. Yet during the last few years, we’ve heard much about change in higher education, from disruptive change to [...]

4 04, 2011

What are best practices in alumni advocacy?

By |2017-12-04T22:59:21+00:00April 4th, 2011|Whitepaper|0 Comments

Alumni association advocacy programs harness alumni support for the university’s federal and state legislative Alumni lend value to these efforts by making the university more visible to elected officials in their districts and by informed communication with elected officials about issues that impact the university and its budget. It is a common practice for alumni [...]

4 04, 2011

Making a Difference: Alumni Associations Rally on Behalf of Higher Education

By |2017-12-04T22:45:39+00:00April 4th, 2011|Whitepaper|0 Comments

It’s budget season, and educated alumni from public universities around the U.S. are letting their state legislators know what they think. The theme is pervasive – regional and national economic progress and the United States’ competitive global position are directly dependent on an educated workforce. In this 2011 legislative session, alumni whose lives and careers [...]

15 11, 2010

Alumni Association Funding Models: Summary Findings from 20 Universities

By |2018-03-06T00:21:23+00:00November 15th, 2010|Whitepaper|0 Comments

Final Report of Findings, November, 2010 Conducted by The Napa Group and PEG, LTD PROJECT OVERVIEW As university and alumni association funding resources become tighter and continue to change, one of the front-burner questions today is: “What is the best funding model for our alumni relations activities?” Traditional options includes dues, service fees, university or [...]

15 03, 2010

Individual Talent Will Reshape the New Workforce

By |2017-12-04T23:00:05+00:00March 15th, 2010|Whitepaper|0 Comments

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters While much uncertainty remains in the post-recession economy, one trend is clear. Many previous jobs will not exist again as companies resist returning to “what was” and, instead, invest in flexible staffing approaches to optimize productivity. They are augmenting core fulltime staff [...]