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A reprieve for Sweet Briar College

June 22, 2015

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On the heels of the announcement last March that Sweet Briar College would close due to “insurmountable financial challenges,” I wrote a brief post about alumnae efforts to keep the college open. They launched the #SaveSweetBriar campaign and set up a crowdfunding site in an attempt to raise $20 million toward a goal of $250 […]

Are students prepared to succeed after college?

May 23, 2015

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A recent survey by McGraw Hill Education and Hanover Research raises some important questions about the role of higher education in society. These are questions higher ed communicators and marketers should pay attention to. (As should the executive-level leaders in higher education.) The survey focused on workforce readiness, which is a subject of much debate […]

Marketing, diversity and inclusion in #highered

May 7, 2015

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On Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, the day before the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a few of us higher ed types took to Twitter for a (mostly) weekly discussion known as #strategycar. The topic of that day’s chat had to do with how we portray diversity in higher education. As #strategycars go, it was […]

Friday Five: Saving #highered from extinction

April 24, 2015

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In his recent article Saving Universities from Extinction No Easy Task, David Goldberg, author of the book A Whole New Engineer, offers a strong critique of higher education. There’s nothing new about that. We’ve been hearing strong critiques for some time now. But Goldberg’s critique — in the form of five crucial problems facing higher ed […]

College: Accessible but not so affordable

April 20, 2015

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We’ve heard quite a bit of talk in recent years from academic and governmental leaders about the importance of making U.S. higher education more accessible and affordable to Americans. The White House has pledged to “make college more accessible, affordable, and attainable for all American families,” and President Obama has also pushed to make community college […]

Study: #highered branding comes of age

April 15, 2015

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Branding, it seems, is no longer a dirty word in academia. College and university leaders tend to be supportive of brand-building initiatives for their institutions, and they’re also willing to invest in brand development work, including research. In short, branding is coming of age in the higher ed world. Those are a few of the takeaways […]

Can crowdfunding #SaveSweetBriar?

March 5, 2015

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On the heels of Tuesday’s news that Sweet Briar College would close its doors at the end of this academic year due to what the school called “insurmountable financial challenges,” alumnae of the 114-year-old institution have launched a crowdfunding campaign to try to save the school. The crowdfunding campaign is looking for $20 million toward a goal […]

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