• Effective Collaboration: A Key Factor in Economic Sustainability In Higher Education

    The Covid-19 pandemic has powerfully illustrated the extraordinary connectedness of the world in ways and at levels previously considered unimaginable. Notable elements powering this connectedness have been the emergence of the internet and the range of options afforded because of this remarkable, essentially free, global communications system. Beyond that, the drop in the comparative cost per mile of international travel has radically changed the dynamics of business, missions, and trade. To be able to use a credit card at an ATM to download local currency, whether it is Hong Kong or Cape Town, is a graphic example of both extraordinary technical, policy, and economic changes unthinkable even fifty years ago.

    Alongside these startling developments there has been the back side of innovation. On the dark side, security has taken on implications that call for completely new forms of diligence. And, with new opportunity, demands for collaboration have escalated.

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  • Faith-Informed Perspectives for Effective Planning

    Faith-anchored and informed leaders usually sense that their roles are a divine calling requiring that they discover and implement a process of planning consistent with God’s will as revealed in scripture. The significance, then, of their roles requires a process that seeks a systematic, responsible, and thorough understanding of God’s mind and will for every aspect of their leadership calling.

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  • The Four “P”s of Driving Strategic Enrollment Growth

    Growing enrollment should be an active, diligent pursuit guided not by numbers alone, but by identifying, attracting, and connecting with the right, best-fit students who will enroll and persist to graduation at your institution.

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  • The Faculty Factor: Maximizing Faculty Impact on Student Recruitment

    Most graduates of independent colleges and universities do not have to think too hard to recall a great faculty member who was not only their teacher, but also a mentor, cheerleader, and advocate. But what about the faculty role with prospective students? How should enrollment teams leverage faculty strategically in the student recruitment process? Let’s explore relevant research and best practices to answer these important questions.

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  • The Admission Benchmarking Study

    This is the 26th annual Admission Benchmarking Study (ABS). The purpose of the study is to help institutions compare their budget resources, staffing, return on investment and admission funnel ratios to similar institutions for the recruitment of traditional undergraduate students.

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  • Governing Board Effectiveness for Faith Based Organizations

    One of the most significant influences on institutional and leadership effectiveness for faith-based nonprofit organizations is the role and function of the group charged with its legal oversight – the governing Board. When mission drift, operational dysfunctions, financial exigency or other crises occur, it is not unusual to find the root causes in the lack of clarity regarding policies, practices and procedures that guide the Board’s oversight of mission and personnel.

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  • Successful Leadership Transitions for Christian Higher Education and Other Faith Based Organizations

    Perhaps no other event in an organization’s or institution’s life cycle is filled with a greater sense of both expectation as well as angst than the transition of senior leadership. The departure of the chief executive officer presents unique opportunities and challenges – opportunities to evaluate and re-engineer the vision and mission of the institution – challenges of ensuring continuity and viability of current operations and future services.

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  • Biblical Higher Education: Past Commitments, Present Realities, and Future Considerations

    This article represents a departure from the normal pattern of a journal in that it purports to offer limited research findings, statistical reports, citation documentation, or academic analysis. Rather, it reflects the views of a veteran higher education administrator who has spent more than 37 years of his life in Christ-centered higher education. The article examines the significant changes that are taking place in the church and in education and the implications for institutions of biblical higher education and their leaders. The paper is divided into three sections: (1) past commitments, (2) present realities, and (3) future considerations.

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