LabXChange: A MOOC Remix

Could MOOCs find new life if faculty could borrow from other courses to create their own? Reported by EdSurge, HarvardX’s founding faculty director, Robert Lue, is building a new platform called LabXChange designed to deliver on the promise of free education for all. The vision? Fully open source curriculum materials. The challenge? Getting universities and […]

How Harvey Mudd’s President is Solving the Gender Gap in Computer Science

How is Harvey Mudd College’s President helping solve the gender gap in computer science? Reported by EdSurge, President Maria Klawe’s intentional diversity and inclusion initiatives at Harvey Mudd College have helped raise the women-student ratio in STEM degrees from 30% to 50% during her tenure there. This approach required a strategic plan that focused on […]

California is Piloting Income-Share Agreements

California is the latest state to pilot income-share agreements. Reported by EdSurge, California’s Assembly Committee on Higher Education has approved a bill to pilot income-share agreements through the University of California systems and at California State University. These financial arrangements allow students to attend tuition-free, but require them to pay back a percentage of their […]

Incorporating bootcamps within our degree programs

Do we need to consider incorporating bootcamps within our existing degree programs? Reported by MarketWatch, many coding bootcamps are designed to quickly provide the practical skills to secure a good paying job. And many higher education degree programs focus on graduating well-rounded individuals, but potentially lacking on some hyper-practical entry level skills. So much so […]

The evolution of writing as a discipline

Students are writing more than ever before, but they’re still struggling deeply in college writing courses. Reported by EdSurge, many universities report issues with students passing introductory writing courses. The problem? Students are likely writing more than ever before in the history of the world – but primarily in abbreviated form via social posts and […]

Will free college end up a major issue in the upcoming election?

Will free college end up a major issue in the upcoming election? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke against the largely popular democratic party idea, claiming that he doesn’t like the idea of lower-class non-college attending tax payers subsidizing the education of higher-class college attendees. The takeaway? This nuanced […]

Boise State University Launches Netflix-Style Higher Ed Subscription Service

Boise State University has launched a Netflix-style higher ed subscription service. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Boise State’s Passport for Education program offers monthly installment plans instead of up-front fees each semester. This subscription-based model with an annual commitment aims to make budget planning easier, as well as psychologically help students to persist and retain […]

Tuition-Dependent Institutions Ignoring High-Need In-State Students

Are tuition-dependent state universities avoiding the high need in-state students they were designed to serve? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a new study from the Joyce Foundation shows that public universities all too often focus their out-of-state recruitment on rich, private and largely white high schools in order to increase their academic reputation and their […]

ASU’s Move Away from Lectures Toward Active Learning Has Increased their Graduation Rate by 18%

Arizona State University’s move away from big lecture classes and toward active learning has increased their graduation rate by 18 points. Reported by EAB, ASU’s new course design improvements incorporate active learning elements and adaptive learning software to help meet students where they are, and how they need help. The takeaway? How can we utilize […]

Harvard University Professor Softened Student Feedback

Dr. Goodman from Harvard University has a strategy for softening the emotional blow from some negative student evaluations. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dr. Goodman’s assistant summarizes the constructive criticism, and removes the “emotional intensity” from any specific critique. The concept is that the professor still receives the criticism, but without the personal […]

Cal State Gamify’s Student Services

Cal State University, Dominguez Hills is trying to gamify student services. Reported by Education Dive, students can earn prizes for both learning about and utilizing student support services. The goal is to improve first-year retention rates by incentivizing the acts of becoming informed about available campus support. The takeaway? Time will tell whether this gamification […]

How Innovation Can Improve Higher Ed Career Services Departments

A recent Strada study shows that 4 in 10 graduates are underemployed in their first job after college. Reported by Education Dive, University Innovation Alliance members are looking to improve that reality on their campuses in several ways, including making career exploration a key part of the first-year experience, better promoting career preparation resources, establishing […]

How a Classroom Mix-Up Forced One Teacher to Figure out How to Mass Scale Personalized Learning

How did a classroom mix-up force one professor to figure out how to mass scale personalized learning? Reported by EdSurge, when a 400-seat movie theater at San Francisco State University was no longer available for his Principles of Marketing course, Dr. Bruce Robertson had to figure out how to use technology instead so these students […]

How to Improve Higher Education Work-Study Programs

What if work-study programs didn’t only provide financial assistance for students, but actually prepared them for their future career paths, too? Reported by EdSurge, a new NASPA study shows that while work-study programs have high correlations with improved persistence and retention, there is still an opportunity for work-study programs to better improve more practical professional […]

Many Professors Want to Teach Differently, But Don’t.

Many professors want to teach differently, but don’t. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The University of Virginia is looking into what’s preventing faculty members from adopting the new teaching practices they’re learning about, and excited about, from UVa’s Center for Teaching Excellence. The top and most obvious reason? Time. Re-building a curriculum is […]

Will Course Sharing Agreements Improve the Academic Experience?

Will course sharing agreements improve the academic experience? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, course share agreements among consortium partners mean that institutions can focus on their academic strong suits and leverage their consortium partner’s respective academic focal points to fill in their course gaps. That way, the students gets the very best from every institution […]

The Test-Optional Trend Continues

More and more institutions continue to move away from SAT and ACT admission requirements. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Creighton and Ferris State universities are the more recent to adopt and pilot (respectively) this trend – with the data-driven belief that a student’s academic record is a much stronger indicator of collegiate success than these […]

How to Develop Effective Employer Partnerships?

How can we develop effective employer partnerships? Reported by Education Dive, it’s about making sure we’re starting with the needs of the individual business. That we help them identify their skill gaps and their operational challenges, including recruitment and employee retention. And only then working collaboratively to develop an educational program that helps close those […]

When Institutions and Industry Collaborate

What if industry sponsored an institution’s research efforts dedicated to that industry? Reported by Education Dive, NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering’s new Institute of Design and Construction Innovations is fully supported by member construction industry firms and designed to provide them with innovation and research in construction, engineering, design and management. What a novel idea. […]

Determining a Student’s “Demonstrated” Interest in Enrolling

What can a student’s “demonstrated” interest tell you about their enrollment odds? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, more and more institutions are evaluating a student’s “demonstrated” interest by their online behavior, including email open rates, click throughs, time on site, etc. But more than just creating better enrollment forecasts with this additional predictive data, potentially […]

The University of Miami is Moving Away from MBA toward Specializations

A decline in MBA interest has institutions shifting to specializations. Reported by Education Dive, the University of Miami has added specializations in business analytics, finance and sustainable business to draw students concerned the traditional MBA isn’t relevant enough for their specific career ambitions. The takeaway? Know that your current top academic programs are just that. […]

What the Future of Work Means for the Future of Higher Education?

What does the future of work mean for the future of higher education? Reported by EdSurge, while technology and automation continue to change and threaten to change the future labor market, how can we make sure our institution’s curriculum stays relevant and forward-facing? The takeaway? Creativity, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills are future-proof. So may […]

How to Scale Personalization in our Biggest Classrooms?

Two professors from the University of Connecticut have been trying to figure out how to personalize instruction in their 750-student anatomy and physiology course for years. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, these professors have begun incorporating active learning exercises within the course itself. These include the students moving to smaller classrooms for “breakout groups” to […]

The Rural Tax in Online Education

For many institutions, their online tuition can be considerably more than their on-campus price. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, this creates an ethical question for rural students, for whom online education is their only true option. While many assume online education costs less for the institution to provide, start-up costs as well as small class […]

Micro-Internships at Governors State University

The power of corporate partnerships remains undervalued and under-executed across higher education. But micro-internships can form a viable bridge for students to cross from academia to employment. To learn more about that, we explored an innovative program at Governors State University, a majority-minority public university of about 5,000 students located in the suburbs of Chicago. […]

International Graduate Enrollment Declines for Second Straight Year

International graduate enrollment has continued to decline for the second straight year. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, another 1% year-over-year drop has followed the prior year’s 1% drop. Immigration policy, visa policy, and America’s image issues for international prospects are all potential factors to account for this enrollment decline. The takeaway? For those institutions who […]

Does Tutoring Make Better Teachers?

When Shana Cooper, faculty at Harold Washington College, was tutoring in the writing lab, she ended up having to tutor one of her own students by accident, and had an epiphany. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, while faculty don’t typically tutor their own students in those writing centers, Cooper believes the experience can […]

Discover Financial Employs Northern Illinois University Students On-Campus

Students are increasingly cognizant of the need to find a bridge between academia and the corporate world. They want to know when and how their on-campus experience will translate into a viable career. To answer that, one school, Northern Illinois University, created the Code Orange Initiative, a unique, hands-on, and engaging learning experience, in partnership […]

University of Nebraska at Lincoln Experiments with 1-Hour Pop-Up Courses

While 3-credit hour courses are largely the higher ed standard, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is experimenting more and more with 1-hour pop-up courses. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, these pop-up courses allow UNL students to explore 3 different emerging technologies, trends and topics, rather than picking just 1. Faculty claim the […]

Will Open Floor Plans Encourage Better Office Hours Engagement?

Will open floor plans encourage better office hours engagement? Reported by EdSurge, Cornell Tech, George Mason University and others are all experimenting with the idea of “hotel’ing” – giving faculty access to temporary space on campus, rather than a permanent walled-off office. Similar to in the business world, these open floor plans are specifically designed […]

Better ingredients. Better pizza. Purdue University?

Better ingredients. Better pizza. Purdue University? Reported by Education Dive, Papa John’s has partnered with Purdue University Global to offer free tuition to their 20,000 corporate employees. And their 70,000 franchise employees will also receive tuition and fee reductions as well. The takeaway? Yet another major company is partnering with a university to upskill their […]

Will Competency-Based Education Ever Go Mainstream?

The concept of getting credit for competency rather than classroom time is a wonderful one. Yet, reported by Education Dive, an American Institutes for Research and Eduventures survey indicates only 5% of institutions have at least one full Competency-Based Education (CBE) program. Many institutions claim that financial aid barriers, including regulations that govern what types […]

Do We Need to Talk About “Liberal Arts” Less When Selling the Value of Higher Education?

In a world where many are questioning the value of higher education, are we doing ourselves any favors with the language we use when defending it? Reported by Education Dive, this year’s Association of American Colleges and Universities conference focused on “reclaiming the narrative on the value of higher education”. One potential conclusion? That our […]

How CUNY Increased Diversity in their Graduate Programs

How can we increase under-represented demographics in our graduate programs? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, while non-white students are currently underrepresented in graduate school, receiving only 15% of doctorates while making up 30% of the population, City University of New York has created a Pipeline Fellows Program largely designed to better educate their […]

Granting 4-Year Aid Packages at Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut

What are the benefits of offering students a four-year aid package at the point of admittance? Michael Light, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment at Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about the benefits of offering students a 4-year aid package at the point of admittance – especially for […]

Denison University Reverse-Engineers Mentorship as Central to the Student Experience

With studies showing how much students value on-campus mentors, and how often they don’t have one, Denison University decided to build a system that encouraged these relationships. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Denison University freshman are paired with a professor at the very beginning of their college experience as part of a one-credit […]

Providing Online Faculty with Technical Support

While providing technical support for online students is essential, online faculty new to the modality often need a great deal of help as well. Reported by EdSurge, creating technical support systems for faculty new to online education is essential. From establishing communication lines with instructional designers, to facilitating online pedagogy training sessions and ongoing support, […]

Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) at the University of Memphis

Student success in learning and retention is governed by four easily observable emotions. Intuitive faculty can spot these emotions by working one-on-one with a student. Unfortunately, individual attention by a human can’t scale to an entire classroom, much less a large virtual one. Fortunately, scaling up is something that computers using AI and machine learning […]

NYU’s Medical School Move to Free Tuition Impacted Underrepresented Groups Most

Did NYU’s medical school move to free tuition last fall impact enrollment? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the answer is a big whopping yes, with applications increased by 47%, including a 102% increase from underrepresented groups. The takeaway? Future debt fears are very real scare factors for students – especially for low-income students and families. […]

Nudging Students into Better Study Habits

How can we nudge students into better study habits? Reported by EAB, Colorado State University’s Anne Cleary teaches an undergraduate course called “The Science of Learning” to help students understand data-driven strategies to optimize knowledge retention. These strategies include how spacing out study sessions is more effective than cramming, and that testing yourself on the […]

Do Universities Need to Launch an Internet of Things Degree?

Do institutions need to consider launching a new Internet of Things degree program? Reported by Campus Technology, with Amazon Echos and other smart devices, electronics and appliances taking over the modern household, curriculum or even a dedicated degree program that focuses on this kind of engineering and computer science may be warranted. The takeaway? Computer […]

The Fed Just Streamlined the Financial Aid Process. No, Really.

The Fed just streamlined the financial aid process. No, really. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Education Department has released guidance on new changes that give institutions more flexibility when verifying student’s financials. One significant change is that colleges are now able to accept signed tax returns, rather than tax transcripts, which can […]

One-Stop Student Experience Management at St. Catherine University

Students today have higher expectations than ever. They’re scrutinizing the ROI from their college experience, demanding more efficient services, and expecting a seamless education. Decentralized models of student experience management may be traditional but they don’t work well in this environment. Drew Melendres, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Athletics at […]

While Undergraduate Students Value Mentors, Only 25% Have One

While undergraduate students highly value mentorship, only 25% actually have a mentor. Reported by EAB, the recent Strada-Gallup alumni survey shows the high student satisfaction value in mentorship, yet many students never develop this sort of relationship while on campus. The takeaway? How do we better connect our students with faculty and administrative mentors? Especially […]

The University of Rhode Island is Building Three New Innovation Campuses

The University of Rhode Island is building three new innovation campuses, dedicated to solving state needs. Reported by Education Dive, these three campuses are specifically designed to integrate academics with commercial products and businesses throughout the state, and catalyze new innovations, industries and growth. The takeaway? The State of Rhode Island recognizes what higher education […]

What Will 5G Mean for Higher Education?

What will 5G technology mean for higher education? Reported by EdSurge, NYC Media Lab predicts the fifth generation of wireless technologies could take immersive education to the next level – including holographic professors, seamless VR experiences, and clear connectivity for international students. The takeaway? Who at our institutions do we have investigating these new technologies, […]

The University of Kentucky’s Enrollment Strategy of Adding Fun, Non-Major Courses

While many institutions launch new degree programs as an enrollment growth strategy, are new non-degree courses an under-looked opportunity for many departments? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, The University of Kentucky’s English department noticed their courses at capacity were the ones popular with nonmajors, while senior-level degree-specific courses were under-enrolled. So they added sections of […]

MIT Offers Digital Diplomas in the Blockchain

Blockchain is a buzzword, but it’s also the future. And it’s helping the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s registrar combat fraud while improving the student experience. Mary Callahan, Senior Associate Dean and Registrar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the Enrollment Growth University podcast to talk about the fraud prevention and student empowerment benefits of offering […]

Higher Ed’s Response to Amazon’s New HQ2 Headquarters

How is higher education responding to Amazon’s new HQ2 headquarters announcement? Reported by Education Dive, many institutions are quickly building out capacity in order to meet the educational needs of the 25,000 tech jobs Amazon estimates creating. Virginia Tech University announced plans to build out a 1-million square foot, 1-billion dollar Innovation Campus in Alexandria, […]

The Importance of Segmented Student Communications

We must stop talking to every single student the exact same way. Reported by Campus Technology, a new Eduventures study highlights the importance of understanding an individual student’s mindset when communicating to them. This research helps show how students have very different categorical outlooks to academia, including career-focused, experientially-focused, and academically-focused. The takeaway? All of […]

An Online Marketplace for Short-Term Student Internship Opportunities

Could micro-internships be an effective way to pay new grads for real-world job trials? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Parker Dewey’s online marketplace connects students with short-term internship opportunities, often between 5 and 40 hours long, and compensated at between $20 and $25/hour. The takeaway? With employers becoming more and more cautious to […]

Admissions Officers are Focusing More and More on Transfer Student Strategies

9 out of 10 admission officers consider transfer student recruitment a significant or moderate portion of reaching their overall enrollment growth goals. Reported by EAB, a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows an increase in transfer student efforts and strategies, including more transfer-specific admissions hires, a focus on community college […]

New Grocery Store Brings Healthy Meals and Campus Jobs to University of South Florida

The University of South Florida has opened a Publix grocery store on campus, providing students with groceries along with new employment and research opportunities. Reported by EAB, the on-campus Publix initiative is intended to make both grocery shopping and affordable healthy food options easier for students – and 50 of the new store’s associates are […]

Online Course Sharing at Schreiner University

Small colleges struggle to offer the courses students want and need to take – due to limited resources. This problem can result in low enrollment, poor retention, and dissatisfied students. Some schools are solving their course availability issues through collaboration. Dr. Diana Comuzzie, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner University, joined the […]

Brigham Young University-Idaho Pioneers Certificate-First Pathway Program

For students who choose to enter the workforce before starting college, does it make more sense to flip our curriculum and provide students a practical vocation-related certificate prior to their general education courses? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brigham Young University Idaho’s certificate-first online pathway program is focused on improving employability throughout one’s […]

Should Online Education Be More Affordable Than On-Campus?

Should online education have a different sticker price than an institution’s on-campus offering? Reported by EdSurge, institutions like Berklee College of Music and the University of Pennsylvania are cutting their online tuition because of the scale offered by online degrees. But many fear that separate pricing for online education reinforces the premise that online education […]

Best Practices for Teaching Online Synchronous

Teaching a live synchronous class via video requires very different best practices than either traditional or online. Reported by EdSurge, Dr. Bonni Stachowiak of Vanguard University recommends best practices like recommending your students all turn their webcams and microphones on, and take advantage of the “live” format to incorporate student participation and group activities like […]

Yale and Harvard Launch Coding Camps

Two more Ivy League institutions are getting into the bootcamp game. Reported by Education Dive, Yale’s summer session will offer a 10-week web development bootcamp. And Harvard is launching a 24-week part-time full-stack certificate program this Spring. The takeaway? While some institutions see bootcamps as threats to traditional higher education, other institutions are embracing them, […]

First-Year Student Success at University of North Georgia

The State of Georgia wants to increase the number of residents who hold postsecondary credentials. Consequently, Georgia’s academic institutions face huge but intriguing challenges in admissions, advising, and program development in order to assure student success. The University of North Georgia (UNG), an institution of five campuses and 20,000 students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate […]

Discover Financial Services Employs Northern Illinois University Students On-Campus

Discover Financial Services is employing Northern Illinois University undergraduate students on-campus. Reported by Campus Technology, Discover has hired 36 students in Computer Science and Information Systems-related programs to work on mobile software and web applications on campus. Discover views this as a high-potential feeder group to find new star employees, and NIU appreciates the real-world […]

Online Course Sharing Consortium Lets Students Enroll in Partner Courses

For students looking to enroll in courses not currently available at their institution, they may now be able to take that single course online with another. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the Council of Independent Colleges has launched the Online Course Sharing Consortium, where students from participating institutions can take individuals courses not being offered […]

University of Memphis’ AutoTutor

In deep knowledge fields, cursory reading and passive listening to a lecture is often not enough to experience deep knowledge breakthrough. Reported by EdSurge, The University of Memphis’ AutoTutor is an attempt to engage students with multiple tutor agents who will debate each other, in order to intentionally create cognitive disequilibrium for the student, all […]

Drexel University’s Virtually Inspired Offers Free Online Instruction Best Practices for the Higher Ed Community

Drexel University has created an online hub called Virtually Inspired, with more than 100 case studies on how institutions across the country are doing online education well. Reported by Campus Technology, in 2016 Drexel University saw a problem with a lack of best practice online instruction and innovation, and decided to create a resource hub […]

Higher Ed IT Leaders Don’t Approve of Their Institution’s IT Investments

Turns out, higher Ed IT leaders don’t approve of their institution’s IT investments. Reported by Campus Technology, in a surprising finding from the Campus Computing Survey, only in one single area – student recruitment – do at least half of our IT leaders rate their institution’s IT investment as “very effective”. The takeaway? Few institutions […]

Cal Poly Pomona A/B Tests Active Learning vs. Lecture Course Formats

When a sizeable percentage of students are failing a critical, upper-level course, what can the university do? Many solutions could reduce academic rigor, ignore compliance issues, or eliminate core content. But that doesn’t have to be the case. At Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a primarily undergraduate institution with a heavy emphasis on teaching and […]

SC Codes Offers Free Coding Courses for All South Carolina Residents

South Carolina is now offering its residents free coding courses through their SC Codes program. Reported by Campus Technology, these online courses provide South Carolina residents basic knowledge in front-end and back-end web development, and the site itself attempts to connect course completers with potential job opportunities. The takeaway? This is starting to look like […]

Long Beach State University Crowdsources Innovation Ideas

What if you crowdsourced innovation ideas from your faculty and staff? Reported by EdSurge, Long Beach State University did just that, crowdsourcing 24,000 suggestions from their students, faculty and staff about the future of the university. Free tuition was a popular suggestion. But creative solutions also came out of this experiment regarding transportation, corporate partnerships, […]

MOOCs High Dropout Rate Because Students Don’t Care About Getting Credit?

Could MOOCs have so many drop-outs specifically because students don’t care about getting credit for them? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a new report out of Columbia University attempted to better understand the motivations of nondegree MOOC students, and the results indicate that the vast majority of these students already have a degree (80% already […]

Public Schools Progressively Prioritizing Out-of-State Students for Budgetary Reasons

With many public institutions now following private institutions’ tactics – recruiting out-of-state students with tuition incentives, this is helping cause the neediest freshman at ½ of these public universities to be paying more than 1/3 of their families’ income to attend. Reported by Education Dive, this is largely the result of significant gaps in state […]

Wichita State University Paying Students to Move to Kansas for Free Education and Guaranteed Job Placement

Wichita State University Tech, Kansas’ largest technical college, is partnering with the state to attract potential aviation workers with free relocation, free education, housing stipends, and guaranteed job placement. Reported by Education Dive, The Wichita Promise Move initiative is in the process of relocating 50 enrollees, 75% of whom come from outside Kansas, to receive […]

Designing a Smart Classroom at Indiana University that Doesn’t Look Different, But Acts Different

What if the smart classroom of the future doesn’t look all that different, but acts a whole lot different? Reported by Campus Technology, while much of smart room design prognostications focus on technological novelties, Indiana University’s smart classroom prototype – designed by their IT department after prioritizing the results from faculty focus groups – focuses […]

Unity College Hires Online-Exclusive Faculty and Staff

Many faculty members came through the academy with a traditional approach to the classroom, the flipped classroom, and similar traditional educational models in mind. Whatever their pedagogical preferences, those faculty members possess critical, relevant content. They know what to teach. But then came distance education. And traditional faculty members often didn’t know how to teach […]

The first rule of higher ed data governance? It’s everyone’s data.

The first rule of higher ed data governance? It’s everyone’s data. Reported by Education Dive, panelists at the annual EDUCAUSE conference all reinforced the importance of establishing a strong data governance on campus, but focused on creating a culture where no single department “owns” data, but all help steward and inform the institution’s data. The […]

Marist College Launches Online Teaching Workshops

Reported by EdSurge, Marist College offers Online Teaching Workshops for their on-campus faculty to become more comfortable with the technology and pedagogical best practices of online instruction. From first assessing the faculty’s online skillsets, and then personalizing their training and development workshops to shrink their learning curve, Marist is committed to online faculty support. The […]

Will SNHU’s New Acquisition Finally Help Tip Digital Badges in Higher Education?

Will Southern New Hampshire University’s new acquisition finally help tip digital badges in higher education? Reported by Education Dive, SNHU’s acquisition of Chicago-based LRNG, a leader in game-based learning and digital badges, is an attempt to utilize community-based digital learning as competency-based credit for their College for America program. The takeaway? While stackable degrees and […]

Attracting an Activist Generation

With the current political climate and #MeToo movement helping women’s colleges experience record entering classes, enrollment coaches are reporting that more and more students are asking questions about the political culture of our respective institutions. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while many institutions have historically tried to remain neutral and inclusive for students of all […]

Who Owns Student Outcomes?

Who owns student outcomes at your institution? Reported by Education Dive, 900 responses to an Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) report show that often, no single unit owns student outcomes – and therefore, that creates a huge risk that no one does. While Institutional Research, Student Affairs, and Information Technology all commonly assume […]

Incentivizing Professional Development Through Credentialing

Would more people take professional development courses if they earned something for them beyond the knowledge itself? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while certificates of completion from individual courses offer a nice sense of completion, if these courses were steps toward a larger or more recognized certification degree, would enrollment numbers increase? The takeaway? While […]

Cost-Cutting with Academics Off-Limits

On a cost-cutting mission, Drew University has put all academic expenses off limits. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, instead, Drew University has cut day care expenses, retiree health benefits, and public safety staff redundancies compared to peer institutions. The goal is to prioritize student-facing spending, and even launch various new academic programs to prioritize growth […]

Christian Brothers University Helps Students Learn by Making Them Teach

You’ve heard the old adage, “You haven’t learned something unless you can teach it to somebody else.” What if that were the attitude with which we approached year-end exams? For one professor, it is. Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology and Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs at Christian Brothers University, joined the Enrollment Growth University […]

More Universities are Offering Blockchain Diplomas

More and more universities are offering students their diplomas in the blockchain. Reported by Education Dive, rather than these transcripts being recognized and verified only by the registrar at these respective institutions, blockchain credentials allow students to have lifelong access to their credentials. The takeaway? As re-skilling and continual education certificates continue to grow in […]

New Report Suggests Less Barriers to Entry into College Than Many Think

NACAC’s annual “State of College Admissions” report helps dispel the myth that college is inaccessible. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, the average 4-year college admits nearly 2/3 of their freshman applicants. This figure doesn’t even include community colleges, which are open admit. The takeaway? College is by no means “easy”, but is more attainable than […]

What Can Our Institutions Learn from Other States’ Adult Promise Programs?

What can our institutions learn from other states’ adult promise programs? Reported by Education Dive, The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has been exploring the efficacy of Adult Promise Programs, programs designed to improve completion rates for adult students. These include last-dollar promises (subsidizing those tuition costs financial aid does not cover), and […]

Encouraging Study Abroad Opportunities in a Progressively Global Economy

While international student enrollment continues to decline in America, study abroad participants are growing year over year. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a full 16% of those students earning bachelor’s degrees will study abroad at some point in their undergraduate career, with the number of American students studying abroad growing 2.3% in the past year. […]

Will AI Replace Teaching or Make Faculty More Human?

Will artificial intelligence replace teaching or make faculty even more human? Reported by EdSurge, Penn State University educators helped paint a picture at the EDUCAUSE national conference of how artificial intelligence and machine learning will help complement and support the work of faculty in the classroom. These include faculty using AI recommendation engines to discover […]

How New York University Manages Online Program Quality

Many in higher ed are excited about the scalability potential of online courses, but it’s important not to treat these courses with a set-it-and-forget-it mentality. Content changes. Technology changes. Ever-evolving fields like engineering, especially, need to have the most up-to-date software and technology. So tt’s vital that schools come back and look at these courses, […]

Computer Science Students Moving Beyond Coding

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, most computer science majors aren’t looking to code their entire lives. That’s why institutions like MIT are pushing their faculty members to become “bilinguals”, interdisciplinary specialists who have their feet in both computation and another discipline, better matching the real-world applications of computer science. The takeaway? With more and more […]

MIT Enters the AI Game

MIT is entering the AI Game. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is spending $1 billion on a new college devoted to the study of artificial intelligence – both the technologies AI will help create, and the ethical challenges those creations will entail. The takeaway? As AI continues to […]

Designing the Future Higher Ed Campus at The University of Maryland

As universities are striving to increase student collaboration, Dr. Scott Roberts is succeeding. He started at the beginning. In the classroom. He believes traditional learning spaces were designed with the teacher in mind, so they could speak at students. Collaboration was never a component of the traditional lecture hall setup. That’s all changing at The […]

UC Berkeley Holds First-Generation Career Conference

Reported by EAB, The University of California at Berkeley’s FirstGen program offers an annual career conference where their first-generation students can network specifically with first-generation alumni and employers, and receive both academic and career advice from graduates who have taken a similar path to themselves. The takeaway? For how much these mentor relationships increase our […]

Non-Lecture Format Test at Cal Poly Pomona Raised Pass Rate by 23 Points

A non-lecture format test at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona raised the pass rate of an upper-division engineering course from 66% to 89%. Reported by EAB, Professor Paul Nissenson enlisted the help of two professors from the institution’s psychology and sociology departments to try and increase student achievement for this required course that was causing […]

Can AI Help Penn State Students Find Their Fastest Path to Graduation?

Can artificial intelligence help students find their fastest path to graduation? Reported by Campus Technology, a  team of engineering students at Penn State University won a university competition and $30,000 to help finish developing their LionPlanner app, which uses machine learning to align a student’s career interests with their shortest path to degree completion, and […]

More Institutions are Outsourcing their Gen Ed Curriculum Design to…Google

More institutions are outsourcing their gen ends to…Google. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, students at eight institutions this semester can enroll in introductory computer science and data science courses, developed by Google. Students are excited to learn Google-specific curriculum. And employers (at least Google) will likely be excited to employ students who have taken this […]

Florida Atlantic University Dedicates a New Position to First-Generation Success

While many institutions have academic success and bridge programs for students who enter their institution at the low end of their admission requirements, Florida Atlantic University has just created a new support office, dedicated to first-generation students. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, about ¼ of the university’s students are first-generation, and the goal […]

New Wesleyan University MOOC Provides Career Counseling for Students

While many students have difficulty picturing exactly what their life will look like post-degree, it is of critical importance students understand their post-degree pathway as motivation to keep them moving through their degree program. Reported by EAB, Wesleyan University has created a Career Development MOOC in partnership with Coursera. Career Decisions: From insight to impact […]

What if Cities Saw Universities as Their Biggest Brain Trust?

What if cities saw universities as their biggest brain trust to solve their most pressing problems? Reported by Education Dive, Portland State University is attempting to become that, creating research centers for homelessness and smart city technology. PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi hopes to establish seven self-supporting centers on-campus in downtown Portland. The takeaway? How do […]

Do Free College Programs Actually Hurt the Lowest-Income Students?

Do free college programs actually hurt the lowest income students? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, studies examining tuition-free college programs in New York and Tennessee demonstrate that even “free college” programs don’t account for all the costs of attendance. “Last-dollar” programs, meaning those programs that only cover remaining tuition after federal and state aid have […]

Do Your Development Team Demographics Match Your Future Donors?

Do your development team demographics match your future donors? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many colleges are rethinking how they staff their development offices to meet the fundraising needs of an increasingly diverse alumni and donor base. With only 11% of front-line fund raisers being persons of colors, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, […]

What Happens When a Big Donor Disagrees with a University Decision?

What happens when a big donor disagrees with a university decision? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Hunt’s latest book, University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education looks at Nike’s founder Phil Knight and his precarious relationship with The University of Oregon, as their top donor. The book details how Knight’s generous […]

Subaru Now Offering an Associate Degree

Reported by Education Dive, students can now earn an associate degree in automotive technology from… Subaru. In partnership with Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon, upon graduation students will be connected with Subaru dealerships in the state for additional hands-on training and a job offer. The takeaway? Employers are looking for qualified workers, and many […]

25 Illinois Colleges are Working Together to Solve Graduation Rate Disparity

Reported by EducationDive, a 2017 National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report showed that white students in Illinois have a 6-year graduation rate of 66%, compared to 36% of black students, and 48% of Latino students. In response, 25 public and private institutions in Illinois launched the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative designed to eliminate racial […]

Saint Louis University Puts Amazon Echo Dots in Every Dorm Room

Universities need to engage with students in innovative ways. What that means changes from year to year as the pace of the technological revolution accelerates. It’s important for schools to find ways to use the technology that students themselves are using, not just the technology the institution previously invested in. How can universities better leverage […]

Can Behavioral Economics Motivate the Online Learner?

Can behavioral economics improve the study habits of online learners? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a study distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows many research attempts to “nudge” students into behavioral modification aren’t creating meaningful academic improvements. These interventions have included personalized faculty communications, incentivizing additional study time and group work, and […]

Six More Institutions are Partnering with edX to Offer Affordable Online Master’s Degrees

Six more institutions are partnering with edX to offer affordable online master’s degrees. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, edX is launching nine new degree programs with institutions including Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California San Diego, and Arizona State University. Two of these degrees price in at $10,000k or […]

Fertility Trends and the Increased Importance of the Non-Traditional Learner

Reported by EAB, Carleton College economist Nathan Grawe predicts that the traditional college-age population in the U.S. will drop by 15% between 2025 and 2029. Specifically, this trend correlates to the reduction of children born in the 4-year period following the Great Recession in 2008, due to financial uncertainty. The takeaway? The pursuit of non-traditional […]

China’s Attempt to Buy its Way into American Higher Education

Can a U.S. college still be classified as such if they’re owned by China? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Chinese companies are actively attempting to buy U.S. colleges and universities, including most recently, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Concerns from faculty, donors and others include that Chinese corporations owned and controlled by the […]

Rhode Island is Paying Students to Apply to College

Rhode Island has started paying students to apply to college. Reported by EAB, the Rhode2College program is designed to provide low-income students with incentives for completing college discovery tasks – the majority of the $2,000 maximum incentive being granted after starting college. These tasks include creating a college short-list, completing federal aid forms, and submitting […]

The Power of Faculty Email Marketing at Slippery Rock University

Many studies support a high-touch approach to faculty-student communication, citing how critical faculty engagement and relationships are for helping students value their academic experience. But how does that work in an online setting? When people think about email marketing, they often think of it as a high-value channel for their internal marketing teams. But could faculty […]

Florida State University Holds On-Campus Thanksgiving for First-Generation Students

Stuck on campus for Thanksgiving? If you’re a first-generation student at Florida State University, that’s no problem. Reported by EAB, FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Engagement cook and eat with FSU students stuck on-campus for the holidays due to monetary or family issues. The takeaway? To make sure the students you worked so hard […]

UC-Irvine Forgoes the Lecture Hall for Their New Active Learning Building

UC-Irvine is forgoing the lecture hall in exchange for a new campus building entirely devoted to active learning. Reported by EAB, this 65,000 square foot structure includes 15 smart classrooms and auditoriums, with screens on every wall and flexible furniture designed to better accommodate group learning. UC-Irvine is also requiring their faculty complete an eight-week […]

From Instructional Designer to Learning Engineer

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Northwestern University has recently hired three learning engineers. Distinct from instructional designers, these learning engineers conduct analytical research and drive technological change at the program level, while Northwestern’s instructional designers are often focused on building individual courses. The takeaway? While “instructional designer” has served as a helpful catch-all word to […]

University of Texas at Dallas Adds Quickbooks Bootcamp to Accounting Degree Program

A recent study from the Association of American Colleges and Universities reports that 60% of employers don’t believe college graduates are prepared to succeed in entry-level positions.    How we can better bridge the technology gap between what institutions are teaching and what employers are expecting? To learn more, we invited Jennifer Johnson, Senior Lecturer […]

Scaling Motivation is Crucial to Democratizing Higher Education

Knowledge is progressively becoming free. But education isn’t. When I entered higher education nearly 10 years ago, I did so because I believed we were at the precipice of the democratization of higher education. That self-paced AI-assisted high-quality education was a pin-drop away from truly revolutionizing higher education. And my biggest wakeup call over this […]

Capital University Provides Tuition Discounts for Mission-Centric Families

Good guys actually finish first, or at least their children can now get ½ off their tuition. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Capital University has launched their “Good Guarantee”, offering ½-price tuition for undergraduates whose families have chosen “mission-centric” careers in nonprofit and public-service work. The takeaway? There are many different strategies for promoting your […]

Are Apprenticeships an Underlooked Solution to Higher Ed Degree Completion?

Could apprenticeships be a strong alternative for RNs to obtain their BSN? According to a new report by New America, hospitals with more BSN’s do generate better patient outcomes, but asking RN’s to get their degree while working full-time is admittedly difficult. That’s what’s so appealing about the promise of nursing apprenticeship programs. These apprenticeships […]

Why You Should Be Bullish on Higher Ed’s Ability to Innovate

For those who say higher ed is slow to innovate, we sure are making some serious progress in higher ed, folks. We’re utilizing new technologies, and we’re seriously questioning them. We’re experimenting with micro-grants for our financially struggling students to keep them persisting to graduation. We’re exploring the affordability of open educational resources, and the […]

Do Higher Ed Tuition Resets Actually Lead to Enrollment Growth?

Do tuition resets actually reset an institution’s enrollment growth trajectory? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, The University of the Cumberlands will cut their on-campus undergraduate tuition by 57% next year, from a $23,000 sticker price down to $9,875. Like many tuition resets, this one mostly impacts the university’s discount rate, with students actually saving $1,298 […]

How Will Employer-Sponsored Tuition Transform Higher Ed?

Will higher education as an employment benefit transform higher ed? With more and more global companies like Disney, Walmart and Amazon offering relatively free college for their employees (for specific programs and through specific institutions), will this employer-sponsored model change how adults seek to degree complete? The takeaway? As national employers begin to take education […]

Princeton University’s Response to Anonymous Course Reviews

Many of us are familiar with sites like RateMyProfessors.com, a place for students to share their course experiences, determine a course’s difficulty, and learn a professor’s evaluated hot-or-not’ness before enrolling. The primary problem with that kind of site is that it doesn’t offer space for good quality discourse. It’s not helpful for students. And it’s […]

Open Educational Resources Save Ohio University Students $1 Million in Textbooks This Year

65% of students decided not to buy a textbook because it was too expensive, even though they expected it to diminish their grade. Reported by Education Dive, while textbook costs continue to create a financial burden for higher ed students, Ohio University’s campaign for their faculty’s adoption of Open Educational Resources is expected to save […]

How Temple University’s Fly in 4 Programs Keeps Students In Class Instead of At Work

Could small grants be a smart economic solution to replace the earnings from part-time jobs and ensure our first-generation students persist? Reported by EAB, Temple University’s “Fly in 4” initiative is designed specifically to reduce students’ reliance on part-time employment earnings. At Temple, students working more than 15 hours a week at off-campus jobs had […]

Micro-Grants as Stop-Out Prevention at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Stopouts and dropouts, especially coming late in an academic career, cause deep concern especially at institutions that primarily serve adult students and commuters. Many stopouts intend to return but never do, and two rounds of stopping out almost assure that a student will never finish their degree. What cause stopouts and dropouts late in an […]

University of Texas at Dallas Adds Quickbooks Bootcamp to Accounting Program

Would an accounting bootcamp teach students how to use Quickbooks? Reported by EdSurge, accounting courses at the University of Texas at Dallas teach students classroom theory, and then practice applying that theory using real-life work scenarios via the popular accounting software, Quickbooks. Rather than graduating students who understand advanced theory but don’t know how to […]

Church Partnerships at North Central University

Employer partnerships are often under pursued – or at least, under executed – in higher education. But for a faith-based institution with religious-specific degree programs and connections to a denomination, partnerships with churches can also help increase enrollment. At North Central University, a school located in downtown Minneapolis near the US Bank Stadium and affiliated […]

Dual Enrollment Programs are Saving Students a Semester of College

Do dual enrollment programs improve a student’s likelihood to graduate? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, 61% of students who enter the University of Texas System are now bringing college credit with them, through dual-enrollment credit and/or Advanced Placement credit. These students who enroll at UT with existing credit have a higher retention rate, and are […]

Students Aren’t Afraid of the Academics, But They’re Still Afraid They Won’t Finish

For students who aren’t confident they’ll complete their degree, it’s not necessarily the academics themselves they’re nervous about. Reported by EdSurge, nearly a quarter of students 18 and older currently enrolled at a 2- or 4-year institution believe it will be difficult for them to finish their degree. From a study conducted in partnership with […]

Micro-grants as Stop-Out and Drop-Out Prevention at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Are micro-grants a solution to student stop-outs and drop-outs? Reported by the Hechinger Report, 70% of students who leave UNC-Charlotte late in their program do so for financial reasons. In response, the university has created Gold Rush micro-grants (typically around $1,500) to help students stay enrolled. And 95% of these micro-grant recipients have either successfully […]

Paying Faculty More to Teach Online at Colorado Mesa University

For institutions who struggle persuading their full-time instructors to start teaching online, one university found a creative solution. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Colorado Mesa University incentivizes their instructors based on the number of students and the total number of credits hours enrolled in their online courses. Even with enrollment caps in place on these […]

Incorporating Information Literacy into Higher Ed Course Curriculum

How can we help students fight fake news by teaching them information literacy? In an article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, David Gooblar from the University of Iowa provided advice on how to incorporate information literacy into your courses. His advice includes partnering with your librarians on-campus to incorporate learnings in your classroom, teaching […]

Princeton University’s Principedia is Response to Anonymous Course Review Sites

Students continue to utilize course review sites like RateMyProfessors.com to share their course experiences, determine a course’s difficulty, and learn a professor’s hot-or-not’ness before enrolling. Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Princeton University in response has published a more transparent and comprehensive student review of courses, through a forum they’ve named Principedia. Any Princeton […]

Fayetteville State University Adjusts Physical Campus Space Due to Online Student Migration

As higher ed’s student body begins to migrate more and more online, how do our physical on-campus spaces need to adjust? Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Fayetteville State University is demolishing two unoccupied dormitories. But it’s not because Fayetteville State is struggling from an enrollment perspective – it’s simply that their student body […]

Rutgers University Study Shows Link Between In-Class Device Use and Poorer Test Performance

Do laptops and mobile devices help students in the classroom, or distract them? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a recent study from Rutgers University was published in Educational Psychology, revealing a causal link between cellphone and laptop use during class and poorer exam scores. Testing student performance against themselves, 118 students were split into two […]

Eastern Michigan University’s In-State Tuition Price Match for International Students

For years, colleges and universities welcomed full-pay international students to help balance out their traditional student tuition discount rate. But with a downtrend in international student interest due to changes in the political climate, some institutions are changing their pricing structure to attract more international students. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Eastern Michigan University has […]

Vanderbilt University’s Qualitative-Based Faculty Assessments

Vanderbilt University is trying to determine if the qualitative portion of faculty assessments can be better utilized to identify outlier faculty – both your highest and lowest performers. Reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vanderbilt University’s findings were that in order to identify your best and worst professors for any given course, you need […]

University of Michigan’s Subscription-Based Continuing Education

Does a degree you earned 10-20 years ago continue to provide you with real-world relevance? Many institutions are attempting to solve this continuing learning puzzle for their graduates. Reported by The Washington Post, the University of Michigan is offering a subscription-based program that allows their graduates to continue to take courses there, forever. The takeaway […]

Learning Collaboration Technologies (Google Jamboard) at Alma College

Online education has exploded over the last 10 years. And while remote learning is creating much needed convenience for non-traditional learners, some liberal arts colleges fear they are losing the most powerful benefits of the traditional classroom in the process. Schools like Alma College, a liberal arts institution of about 1,000 students in central Michigan, […]

Eastern Michigan University’s In-State Price Match for International Students

Competition for students is increasing in higher education. So institutions are experimenting with innovative pricing models to attract their ideal students. Many schools began by making online programs available at in-state tuition rates for out-of-state students. This policy eventually led a few institutions to offer a flat rate to both in-state and out-of-state students. One […]

Building Student Service Hubs at Lynn University

Students expect a high level of service, but the word “customer” in higher education has historically been viewed as taboo. In an era where customer service is integrated into every sector from retail to transportation, therefore, universities may not meet students’ expectations. Dissatisfied students and parents create enrollment turnover. And it’s much more expensive to […]

Total Price Transparency at Columbia College (Missouri)

Adult and online students are especially concerned about pricing. They don’t just want fair prices, they want clear ones. People on college campuses are talking through interesting ideas about student loans, and schools are experimenting with innovating price structures. Still, students are complaining. In other words, it’s the perfect environment for an entrepreneurial approach to […]

Improving Graduation Rates at Georgia State University

Retaining students from enrollment through graduation is an escalating concern in higher education. Institutions serving a large percentage of students who are the first in their families to attend college face additional challenges to helping students complete their degrees. One university is appropriating what they call high-touch technology strategies to aid in student success. One […]

Integrating the Bootcamp Education Model at Duke University

Coding, business, other skills-based bootcamps are often portrayed in the headlines as a potential replacement to traditional higher education. Prospective students see them as an entryway to high-paying jobs without having to invest four years of time and take on the burden of student loan debt. Consequently, some universities see these new, hard-skills focused educational […]

Right-Fit Student Targeting at Saint Louis University

Budget line items for prospective student list buys can be staggering. One university has discovered how to target those list buys in ways that improve prospect responsiveness, increase student retention, and enhance student satisfaction, all while reducing expenses. Jay Goff, Vice President for Enrollment and Retention Management at Saint Louis University, came on the Enrollment […]

Blogging at Hope College

Students and their families are interested in outcomes when they review prospective colleges. But often, specific stories resonate more deeply than percentages. Statistics can be powerful, but it’s stories that bring the data to life. Telling a compelling collegiate story is a challenge now that print publications are in decline, and traditional media outlets are […]

Brand Journalism at University of Notre Dame

University Marcom offices often nail down their marketing work tight. They may also churn out some press releases that occasionally get picked up in major publications. But when places like the New York Times are producing world-class storytelling experiences, it changes prospective students’ expectations. Universities need to think differently about strategic content, how it can […]

Helix Education Brings Home More Bling at 33rd Educational Advertising Awards

Helix’s award-winning in-house creative team brought home more bling for our partners, winning Silver and Merit prizes at the 33rd Annual Educational Advertising Awards. Congratulations to (L to R) David “Sparky” Mortimer, Chris Winkler, Peter Anglea, Hayley Westwood, and Brennan Wall. Silver: Huston-Tillotson University :30 TV Commercial Merit: National Louis University Search Site

Web Governance at DePaul University

University website governance straddles marketing and information technology. In some cases, a third-party resource such as a CMS vendor enters the mix. Since the web is the largest marketing tool a university has, website ownership is critical to enrollment management. Keeping a consistent brand, voice, tone and overall content strategy on the site while simultaneously […]

Academic Exploration Tool at University of Kentucky

Students looking to select an academic major often get stuck on higher education websites reading PDF major sheets as their primary information source. But how can universities build online tools that actually advise undecided students about potential best-fit program matches? Tyler Gayheart, Director of Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky, came on the Enrollment […]

Entrepreneurship Programming at University of Colorado Boulder

Prospective students are seeking more than just education these days. They are seeking out experience and opportunity and, if your institution can’t offer that, you could be missing out recruiting engaged and innovative students. Programs that offer real-world experiences, such as entrepreneurial business ventures, are drawing students who recognize the value of such programs to […]

Enrollment Growth Simulation Modeling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

When we talk about enrollment growth, what we’re really talking about is balance. We recently interviewed Dr. Raafat Zaini, Research Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the expert who is responsible for creating a dynamic enrollment model for university expansion. The bottom line of Dr. Zaini’s research study, “Let’s Talk Change in a University: A […]

How Eastern Washington University Spins Up New Programs in Record Time

Higher ed is often criticized as stubbornly sitting in its ideological ivory tower, refusing to change as business and industry requires. Sometimes, though, that stubbornness is born less from lofty ideologies and more from poor communication and missed collaborations. While new classes and programs can create an exciting new draw for your institution, by the […]

Making Higher Ed Leaders Digitally Savvy at Florida State University

If you’re a higher ed leader and think social media is only for your marketing team, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. By avoiding these powerful communication tool, no matter the platform, you’re actually missing out on endless opportunities to create and foster genuine connection with students, future students, prospective students, donors, alumni, etc. Our guest […]

No One Institution Needs to Create Emerging Learning Technology Alone

No one institution needs to create emerging learning technology alone. Reported by EducationDive, The CoAction Learning Lab, led by Penn State University is a group of 19 public and private colleges dedicated to sharing open license learning resources and pooling knowledge so all member institutions can get better faster. The takeaway? Our institutions don’t have […]

Building a Modern-Day Media Relations Strategy at Delaware Valley University

The media gatekeepers no longer hold the only set of keys to your institution’s storytelling. Imagery defines the current age. Snapchat, Instagram and easy, affordable access to HD video-making has redefined the way stories are shared. Tom Durso joined Enrollment Growth University to share how his university, Delaware Valley University, is building a modern-day media […]

Future-Proofing Your Higher Ed Marketing Department w/ T-Shaped Marketers at National University

In 1971, a veteran founded National University after experiencing the inconveniences of higher education for working adults—especially active-duty military and veterans. We recently interviewed Aaron Edgell, Head of Marketing Services at National University, to talk about how T-shaped hiring can help you build a robust team able to perform at all levels. In the world […]

How Middle Tennessee State University Prepares Students for Gainful Employment Prior to Graduation

How do you set your students up for success in the employment arena not just after graduation, but before they graduate? On this episode of Enrollment Growth Univesity, we got the chance to chat with Dr. Colby Jubenville, the Director of the Center for Student Coaching and Success at Middle Tennessee State University to talk […]

“Pie Your Professor” Highlights Concordia University, Nebraska’s Day of Giving

Secretly, all students wish they could shove a pie in their professors’ faces. For the alumni at Concordia University, Nebraska, that desire became a reality. We recently interviewed Seth Meranda, Director of Marketing at Concordia. He discussed how a Facebook Live stream had their community glued to their screens and reaching for their checkbooks during a […]

How Fresno Pacific University Leverages Faculty in Their Enrollment Marketing

At many institutions, faculty and marketing aren’t exactly BFFs. The two seem locked in a perpetual power struggle, one that isn’t easily avoided—unless the relationship is handled well from the beginning. We recently had a great conversation with Jillian Coppler, Executive Director of Enrollment Marketing at Fresno Pacific University, about how she and her team […]

Building a Modern Higher Ed Marketing Team at University at Albany (SUNY)

As a higher education professional, you are always looking forward. Forward to next semester, next year, the next graduating class, and forward to future enrollment goals across your institution. On this episode of Enrollment Growth University, Dr. Joseph Brennan, VP of Communications & Marketing and Clinical Professor of Business at The University at Albany, discusses […]

Concordia University, Irvine Brings the 4 P’s Back to Higher Ed Strategy

Your university experience is a product—even if that term makes you uncomfortable. Concordia University, Irvine has an incredibly interesting approach to academic program development that we’re going to share with you today. We recently interviewed Rick Hardy, their Lead Marketing Officer, on the Enrollment Growth University podcast, and Rick shared how the “Four P’s” of […]

Colgate University’s Advanced Facebook Targeting

On the latest episode of Enrollment Growth University, Matt Hames, Communications Strategist at Colgate University, discussed how to centralize your social media governance and utilize Facebook’s hyper-targeting capabilities for your enrollment growth initiatives. This post is based on what he shared in his interview. Several years ago, Matt embarked on what I would call a […]

Emerson College’s Approach to Integrating Adult Education on Campus

Adult and continuing education departments are often outliers on campus. They often have separate governance, with separate resources. But in the most recent episode of Enrollment Growth University Lesley Nichols, Executive Director of Professional Studies at Emerson College, discussed the integration and shared resource benefits of bringing adult and continuing education departments off their own […]

Bridgewater State University’s Student Affairs Communications Technology

Bridgewater State University is onto something special when it comes to student retention. Dr. Ed Cabellon, Assistant to the VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, recently talked with us about how his university leveraged technology to build capacity and more effectively engage and retain current students.   Below are some […]

Concordia University, Texas – Transitioning to a New Enrollment Role

The transition to a new enrollment role in higher education isn’t easy. You’re expected to change things—fast. Yet, if you move too fast, you’ll make critical mistakes that could’ve been avoided with a little more contemplation. In the most recent episode of Enrollment Growth University Jennielle Strother, Chief Enrollment Officer at Concordia University, Texas and […]

2 easy ways to protect your college or university brand from the wrong side of the internet

A beautiful ad for your institution. On-brand. On-message. Carefully concepted. Beautifully designed. And sitting on a website full of inflammatory hate speech. More and more colleges and universities are receiving complaints about ads promoting their institution being served and seen on offensive websites. And the outcry from the complainer is often about why on earth […]

Online course development, by accident or by design?

Online learning’s growth shows no signs of slowing. The Online Learning Consortium estimates that 85 percent of Americans enrolled in postsecondary institutions have at least one trait of a nontraditional learner. Additionally, 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses and the number of students who are enrolled exclusively in distance education is rising. Yet […]

Confessions of a reformed dataphobe

As a higher ed faculty member, my cognitive dissonance toward the term “big data” was palpable. My body would stiffen and my arms would fold when discussing the use of student data to increase enrollment or support academic performance. Although my background in research instilled in me great respect for inquiry and data — as […]

The missional case for outsourcing in higher ed

Here’s a striking statistic: while most Chief Business Officers (CBOs) believe higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis, these CBOs are less likely to outsource than they are to revise tenure policies and promote early retirement for faculty, according to the 2016 Survey of College and University Business Officers. And it’s no […]

Are you A/B testing or A/B hedging?

Marketers often do not want for ideas. Conversations around the creative table often yield a number of different directions a single campaign could go. Thus, the idea of A/B testing seems inherent in the DNA of marketers. But unfortunately, what ends up happening often is that marketers, so close to their babies (ideas), really end […]

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Expert reveals secret to creating new college programs FAST The secret to spinning up new college programs fast and with little funding? Concentrate.

In light of the ever-increasingly competitive market of higher ed, many institutions are seeking solutions to increase their relevance and competitiveness in the field. One of these solutions is often new college program development. On the surface, developing new programs seems a commonsense way to adapt with the changing times. Modern-day technologies are giving way […]

Is neuroeducation the key to online retention?

“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” -Stephen Hawking Two realities are converging in higher education in an unsettling way. First, college and universities are being increasingly confronted by the changing needs of the post-traditional student, causing more institutions to incorporate a variety of online offerings. Second, staggering […]

You want your goals to produce results, but by addressing symptoms instead of causes, you’re only scratching the surface. Set your sights on what you ultimately hope to achieve instead of focusing first on what you think you need.

Higher Ed’s problem with short-sighted goals

It’s goal-setting time at your institution, and the following ideas float around the table: “We need a new brand!” “We need a new program!” “We need a new website!” While these things may be true, it’s likely that what you really need is more students. You’ve gone through the process—you’ve identified weaknesses in your higher […]

Research: Conducting Market Research for New Program Development and Efficient Growth

As competition grows among higher education institutions, acquiring market share becomes more difficult, and therefore more valuable. For colleges and universities, one of the main avenues of market growth is new program development. However, many leaders encounter inefficiencies, such as wasteful spending and low program enrollment, in their pursuit of creating a robust and profitable […]

Research: Media Expenditures Budgeting in Higher Ed

Marketing department media expenditures have been an important topic in student recruitment operations for more than 20 years. During the past decade, higher education providers have experienced a dramatic shift from print to electronic media as the main driver of their marketing operations. The resulting increase in electronic media expenditures has added a layer of […]

Research: Customer Relationship Management in Higher Ed

Customer relationship management is a critical component of an institution’s enrollment operations process. Increased competition and tightening budgets have led to a growing need for efficient and effective customer relationship management systems. Many education providers have developed external partnerships to meet this need. Helix Education and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) have […]

Your students’ academic problems aren’t just academic

Student retention is an issue with high stakes for both the institution and the student. When tackling the issue of student retention, institutions often work from a common misunderstanding: students drop out because the academic load is too difficult. In reality, it’s often much more complicated than that. As noted in the recently released Primer […]

It takes a team to graduate post-traditional students Brenau graduate a testament to data plus coaching model

Donning a cap and gown at graduation is no small feat for post-traditional students, especially when life’s curveballs often stand in the way of degree completion. In fact, nearly half of students who pursue a college education leave before earning a degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Yet it’s possible to hit […]

Humanize your enrollment funnel for the post-traditional student by getting a little personal

According to the Direct Marketing Association, personalized marketing has become the most important objective of a data-driven marketing strategy. And in today’s appeal to the post-traditional student, higher ed institutions would do well to get a little personal. It is scarcely news that today’s higher ed landscape has become saturated by the post-traditional student (or […]

Practice does not make perfect: 3 myths keeping you from Peak enrollment performance

Why are some colleges attracting and enrolling more students than others? Are they inherently better? Do they have more experience? Are they working twice as hard as everyone else? The answer to these questions, likely, is no. These institutions aren’t doing anything superhuman, they’re just approaching their craft deliberately. As the world’s best athletes gather […]

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Why you shouldn’t optimize your higher ed marketing spend to maximize inquiries

It’s an age-old story, yet one that keeps repeating. After the marketing budget is spent and someone comes looking for an ROI figure, the marketer responds with the number of inquiries generated. This figure then likely gets further broken down to the cost-per-inquiry. Yet the cost-per-inquiry figure only tells a small part of the story, […]

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100% Online Programs: Just like everyone else

With 5.8 million students now learning online, your institution’s online programs are no longer novel simply for being located in the digital space.* Representing roughly 28% of total enrollment for degree-granting institutions, online learners illustrate the opportunities inherent in online education. Yet the competition is also onto this fact, and distance learning today is a […]

The Missing Link: How Success Coaching Can Solve Higher Education’s Retention Crisis

Colleges and universities are facing the ever-demanding challenges of student retention and empowering students to succeed and graduate. In fact, as many as 1-in-3, first-year students won’t return back after freshman year. Even more alarming is the fact that only 59% of full-time students will graduate from a 4-year institution. We often over-attribute these alarming […]

Congratulations to the Great Graduating Eight  

This year’s graduating class at Indiana University includes a group of graduates known as the “Great Graduating Eight” who will earn their doctorate in education. The feat of earning a doctoral degree is always impressive, but what’s even more impressive is the way these students went about it. They created a “sister circle” to share, […]

Malia Obama’s Gap Year and the Post-Traditional Student Trend

Malia Obama made headlines this week when she announced her plans to take a year off before attending Harvard University. The phenomenon known as the “gap year” is growing in popularity. The American Gap Association estimates that some 30,000 to 40,000 students elect to defer for a year; in 2015, participation in gap-year programs increased about […]

Understanding Who Your Online Learners Are and What They Want

A new infographic published by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) highlights an abundance of stats and trends about today’s online learners. While the data may not be surprising for institutions already prioritizing their enrollment growth for online and post-traditional learners, it certainly sets the stage for critical conversations at institutions that aren’t yet set up […]

Helix Education Brings Enrollment Growth to Life in a Big Way at the UPCEA 2016 Annual Conference

Helix Education joined higher ed leaders at UPCEA’s 101st Annual Conference to explore student-centric opportunities for post-traditional learners. We talked data-driven enrollment growth in our orange chair, released new UPCEA research findings, hosted the Enrollment Growth Gala on the Green, and had big fun along the way while connecting with UPCEA members.   A Night […]

Creating a Data-Driven Dialogue: UPCEA and Helix Education to Release Post-Traditional Program Metrics

Almost 85% of all undergraduate students are considered post-traditional. So what does this mean for your institution, and are you serving this growing population appropriately? If you are attending the UPCEA Annual Conference this week, you’re in luck. We’re releasing our initial research findings to help you assess how your current operations stack up and where there are […]

SXSWedu Reinforces Leveraging Data to Support Students

Earlier this month, Helix Education attended SXSWedu, the nation’s leading edge educational conference. The program ran the gamut from classroom maker spaces to educational policy and the visions of well-grounded futurists helping us to prepare to inspire and teach new generations of digital natives. Moreover, educational access was a big part of the SXSWedu conversation, with […]

Helix Explores the Future of Recruitment and Retention in Two Sessions at ACE Annual Conference

34 million post-traditional learners. That is the number of Americans over the age of 25 that Eduventures reports as having some college credit but no diploma. How will our industry need to evolve recruitment and retention strategies in order to better serve these post-traditional learners? The ACE 98th Annual Meeting gets underway in San Francisco this week, and it’s […]

Report Highlights Trends and Challenges Driving the Future of Higher Education

From the most solvable to the most challenging, the recent Horizon Report published by New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) ranks the top six trends that are both impeding and accelerating technology adoption in higher education. The answers to those most solvable challenges, and even the moderate challenges – the lowest hanging fruit, […]

What Do Your Post-Traditional Students of Tomorrow Look Like? Find out at ACHE West!

It is estimated that by 2022, higher education will enroll 10 million post traditional learners. That’s a much more significant percentage of the overall post-secondary market than in years past, not to mention a population with significantly different needs and challenges. As more and more post-traditional students inquire, apply and enroll at your institution, do […]

A Retention Equation That Really Adds Up

We’ve been talking quite a bit about retention lately, and for good reason: Not enough college students are being retained from term-to-term, and year-to-year. The statistics are alarming. The good news, however, is that higher education is starting to put the strategies in place to turn these metrics around and help more students succeed. Relying […]