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The Covid-19 pandemic and its forced lockdown has given all of us plenty of time to reflect about what really matters in life. In this blog we share a few hints --in terms of values, attitudes and behaviors--that the 2020 graduates may want to keep in mind as they transition into the so-called “new normal” world.

More than advice, which seems ubiquitous no...

April 30, 2020

None of us has a crystal ball to foresee how the post Covid-19 future would look like for the university sector worldwide, but one thing is certain: it will not resemble the recent past, and the emerging picture will probably be bleak. And it is precisely in times of uncertainty that higher education institutions need to be more strategic than ever.

Strate...

March 10, 2020

Whether your institution has been using online learning for a while or is considering it to respond to the recent restrictions on student mobility derived from the COVID-19 health crisis, in this post we share a list of benchmarks to keep in mind. The elements and practices listed are compiled from different sources, and can be used as baseline for the de...

February 13, 2020

Following our last entry making the case for the use of Academic Management Systems (AMS), in this post we highlight some benefits of such software implementation.

1. Governance
When used as a hub for all scholarly activity taking place during the entire academic life cycle, an AMS lends strong support to the shared governance model that is intrinsic to hi...

December 18, 2019

These are not easy times for higher education institutions. Colleges and universities (regardless of their size, nature and location) are under pressure to meet growing societal demands for producing the skilled workforce required for the 4th industrial revolution, while also forging the renewed citizenry needed for the legitimacy of the democratic system...

November 19, 2019

As indicated in our last entry, in this post we briefly comment on the EAIE Barometer findings related to financial constraints to internationalization. The survey identified both ‘internal challenges’-those barriers that an institution faces from within, and ‘external challenges’- those barriers that originate from outside the institution.

On the internal...

October 3, 2019

Financial resources play a crucial role enabling and sustaining internationalization – from program design to inception and delivery. The European Association for International Education-EAIE has done a notable job to address such complex matter, shedding light on key issues, raising awareness and providing insights.

In this and next month’s postings, we d...

In this posting we reflect on a few aspects observed after several decades working in for-profit universities in the US and abroad. Business and academia have different DNAs, and its dynamics inside universities is not exempt from tension.

First, for-profit colleges are driven primarily by monetary gain. Such aim is often exacerbated by external pressures...

March 19, 2019

In this month’s post, we emphasize the need for universities to have a data strategy that contributes to the achievement of the institution's strategic objectives. A sound data strategy will determine how to use data to better understand the market and its trends, along with the university constituents’ needs and expectations, which, in turn, can inform b...

February 6, 2019

In this first post of 2019, we review a few of the most visible societal trends and point to its potential impact on higher education organizations. Undoubtedly, times are changing fast. Nevertheless, and despite abundant alarming signs, many higher education institutions seem to be passively watching events unfold from their ivory towers, with a mix of a...

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