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Consulting the Experts in Strategic Leadership

January 25, 2019

Recently Inside Higher Education published a comprehensive report on the current state of Strategic Planning in Higher Education, titled “Smart, Succinct and Agile:  Strategic Planning in an Age of Uncertainty.” In producing this report the...

The Allure of Artificial Intelligence

January 16, 2019

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens writes in his article How Plato Foresaw Facebook's Folly, “The deeper reason that technology so often disappoints and betrays us is that it promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have...

Freeland/Maguire Strategic Leadership Services (4/4)

September 10, 2018

A plan is only a plan. Success requires sustained effort over time and adjustments as the ongoing monitoring process identifies unexpected barriers to progress or changes in environmental conditions. These monitoring activities should be linked...

Freeland/Maguire Strategic Leadership Services (3/4)

September 10, 2018

Freeland/Maguire believes colleges, universities, systems and their leaders are well served by having a formal strategic plan that provides a basis for prioritizing organizational work and allocating scarce resources on a year-to-year basis. We...

Freeland/Maguire Strategic Leadership Services (2/4)

September 10, 2018

Square one in strategic leadership for a new executive is defining the “better place” toward which to point the institution. For want of a better term, we call it the “vision.” That destination builds on the essential characteristics of the...

Freeland/Maguire Strategic Leadership Services (1/4)

September 10, 2018

Leadership should be about progress: getting an institution or system to a better place. That better place can be defined differently depending on leadership goals, institutional capacities, and external constraints, but maintenance is not...

Checkers vs Chess in Awarding

August 10, 2018

After our previous message, some industry colleagues informed us that they had thought they had been doing individualized awarding, but upon our inspection, they were merely receiving individual awards.

Help Drive Your Class Composition

July 29, 2018

Female engineers. Out of state students. Education majors. Every institution has its unicorn, and some don’t have the opportunity to increase their odds simply by admitting a higher volume of applicants. Your class composition stems from that...

Raising Incoming Class Quality Standards

July 24, 2018

Often admissions teams feel pressure to increase dollars, quality, and headcount all at once. We can help you achieve multiple goals, simultaneously, however, this message will focus on the goal of class quality, perceived by SAT/ACT scores and...

Wrangling Your Discount Rate, Increasing Net Total Revenue

July 17, 2018

Often admissions teams feel pressure to increase dollars, quality, and headcount all at once. We can help you achieve multiple goals, simultaneously, however, this posting will focus on the goal of revenue.