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From the Military to Academia: Managing a Successful Job Search

Current servicemembers and military veterans have faced some of the greatest hardships known to humanity. Whether combat operations in a convoy for Operation Iraqi Freedom or stateside hardships of basic training and military life, they have been prepared to stand tall facing the worst. Perceived Barriers in the Culture of Higher Education Higher education can …

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Employees Leaving? Let Them Craft a Better Job

Worker shortages, job dissatisfaction, and turnover are all the talk right now. There is little doubt that dissatisfaction in the workplace has increased over the last year, and higher education is no exception. A 2021 report from Transamerica reveals that 35 percent of higher education institutions have experienced higher turnover as a result of the pandemic and …

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Six More Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity

In our last post, we began to describe a set of strategies, documented in our research, that have been used by institutions of higher education to address gender inequities within the faculty. While the projects we studied focused on STEM faculties, many of the strategies are also applicable to other fields where women are underrepresented among …

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How Leaders Can Face Enrollment Decline

During 2020, college freshman student enrollment declined by 16 percent and overall enrollment fell by over 560,000 students. Budget deficits totaled more than $120 billion and over 650,000 employees lost their jobs. In addition to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities face continuing challenges in a declining number of high school graduates; changes in …

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Book Review – Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work

Higher education could not have advanced to its present state without diversity. Over the last 50+ years, elements of diversity (religion, gender, race, and ethnicity) within higher education created a need for new academies that provided new and advanced degree programming that met the social, cultural, and economic needs of the growing population. In this …

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The Changing Landscape of Orientation and Retention in Higher Education

As higher education is resuming for another semester of learning, campuses are navigating how to retain and onboard students in a consistently changing environment. Dr. Karnell McConnell-Black (he/him), the president for the Association of Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) and vice president for student life at Reed College in Portland, OR, shares …

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Is Your Interim Leader Effective? Four Ways to Be Sure

s interim leaders become more numerous and influential on campuses, we are now regularly asked how to assess their effectiveness. In our experience, there are multiple indicators to use, and in the following, we provide four reliable ways to determine whether an interim is serving effectively: 1. Readiness: Effective interims possess the prior related experience to …

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What Women’s Equality Day Means for Higher Ed

Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2021, marks the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, securing women’s right to vote. This year’s occasion is bittersweet, as pandemic complications have challenged women on multiple fronts. The pandemic has been economically brutal for women. Oxfam International reports: “The COVID-19 crisis cost women around the world at least $800 …

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