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What a Year It’s Been

Higher ed insights on our company’s one-year anniversary

We’ve learned so much.

This year we fulfilled a long-held dream after decades in higher education: We launched our own company. Now we consult with presidents and senior leaders on strategy and communication, and our work has been a joy: fulfilling, exciting, creative and launched at a critical time in higher education. Though our client base is quite broad—public and private, large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, associations and boards—these institutions share many common challenges and opportunities that are affecting higher education in 2017. Here are some of the most prominent themes and trends we have observed over the past year:

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Organizing Dynamic, Not Deadly, Retreats

Summer is retreat season — time for colleges and universities, schools, departments, and centers to go off for a few hours (or days) and plan for the future. While some people enjoy this exercise, many others roll their eyes and anticipate hours of fidgeting while surreptitiously checking their phones.

But suffering is not inevitable. Facilitated well, a retreat can be inspiring, clarifying and productive.

Find out how in Lisa Rudgers’ and my latest essay in Inside Higher Ed.

 

Why We Publish ‘The Scan’

We are steadily adding subscribers for The Scan, our daily and weekly newsletter of trends affecting higher education. As new recipients join us, I thought it might be useful to explain why we started this newsletter and how we imagine it helping you.

The two of us are voracious readers, but we also know what it’s like to be busy leaders who are inundated with information. Our first goal is to help university leaders, administrators and faculty cut through the clutter and identify key developments that may be relevant to your decision-making.

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