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Enabling Access Through Bridge Programs

June 11, 2019

This week my friends at Maguire Associates invited me to use their platform to discuss solutions for at-risk students, specifically students of color. It has been my life's work to improve retention for the AHANA population (African-American,...

Dr. Donald Brown: Achieving Greatness with AHANA Students

June 11, 2019

Servant-leader Dr. Donald Brown’s calling of more than thirty-five years has been that of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing comprehensive academic support programs aimed at student success. Dr. Brown is known for working directly with...

Shifting Retention for At-Risk Populations: Students of Color

June 11, 2019

Nearly 40 years ago at Boston College, I began my journey in higher education as student affairs professional. My challenge: reverse a shockingly low retention rate of 17% for Black and Latino students. Nearly three decades later, we succeeded in...

Mentoring Students of Color

June 11, 2019

This week my friends at Maguire Associates invited me to use their platform to discuss solutions for at-risk students, specifically students of color.

The Importance of Institution-Wide Support

June 11, 2019

At Boston College where we took retention for Black and Latino students from 17% to 95%, we owe much of our success from leadership buy-in. This led to total institutional commitment.

Vision and leadership can transform an institution: Northeastern University's story.

April 09, 2019

The story of Northeastern is a transformative one. From 1996-2006, Northeastern changed perceptions about itself, changing the university.

How to Harness an Increase in Applications

February 08, 2019

Recently the Washington Post article Early College Admissions by the Numbers expounded upon a situation many admissions teams would only hope to have to deal with: sudden increases in application volume.

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...